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Vol. 71, No. 3, 2000
Issue release date: May–June 2000
Section title: Reviewed Article
Folia Primatol 2000;71:133–141
(DOI:10.1159/000021741)

Diet and Feeding Behaviour of the Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur (Varecia variegata variegata) in the Betampona Reserve, Eastern Madagascar

Britt A.
Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Liverpool, and North of England Zoological Society, Chester Zoo, Chester, UK

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Abstract of Reviewed Article

Published online: 5/12/2000
Issue release date: May–June 2000

Number of Print Pages: 9
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 6

ISSN: 0015-5713 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9980 (Online)

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Abstract

The feeding behaviour and diet of the black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata variegata) was investigated in the Betampona Reserve, eastern Madagascar. The highly frugivorous diet of this subspecies was confirmed – feeding on fruits accounting for 92.0% of feeding records. Most feeding at Betampona was observed at 10–25 m above the forest floor amongst flexible, small (0.5–5.0 cm diameter) and oblique/horizontal (0–45°) supports. The Varecia spent on average 21.7% (± 1.5) of their daily activity budget feeding and employ a variety of postures that enable them to harvest fruits in the rain forest canopy. The suspensory postures were the most important in allowing Varecia to compete with other smaller-bodied frugivores.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Reviewed Article

Published online: 5/12/2000
Issue release date: May–June 2000

Number of Print Pages: 9
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 6

ISSN: 0015-5713 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9980 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FPR


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