Abstract # 1157 Event # 507:

Scheduled for Friday, June 30, 2006 08:30 AM-04:00 PM: Session 64 (Princess) Symposium

SYMPOSIUM: Pitheciins: Ecology & conservation

L. M. Veiga1 and A. A. Barnett2
1Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Department of Experimental Psychology , Av. Augusto Corrêa 1 , Campus Básico, Belém, Pará 66075-110, Brazil, 2Centre for Research in Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Roehampton, UK
     The pitheciin genera Pithecia, Chiropotes and Cacajao are unusual primates, with several morphological and behavioural specializations related to their role as seed predators. Largely dependent on minimally disturbed forest habitats, several pitheciin species are threatened with extinction. Still one of the least known Neotropical primate groups, pitheciins have begun to receive research attention only within the last 20 years. Only now has essential ecological knowledge started to accumulate for use in conservation planning. Much remains to be done. "Pitheciins: Ecology & Conservation" has three main goals: first, to compare and consolidate existing knowledge, second, to identify appropriate research paths for the future and, third, to plan species-specific conservation programmes for members of the three genera. In line with these objectives, the symposium aims to provide: up-to-date information on the taxonomy, distribution and conservation status of each of the 19 recognised taxa; to present comparative data on feeding ecology, use of time & space, and social organisation of the three genera; to identify specific threats to the survival of individual taxa; to outline appropriate conservation strategies and management plans and to decide on future directions for conservation-effective research efforts.