Abstract # 3013 Event # 215:

Scheduled for Monday, September 19, 2011 10:15 AM-12:20 PM: Session 28 (Salon F (Sixth Floor)) Symposium


REPRODUCTION, BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF CERCOCEBUS MANGABEYS

G. M. McCabe1 and D. Fern√°ndez2
1University of Texas at San Antonio, Dept. Anthropology, San Antonio, TX 78249, USA, 2Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, 11794
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     Cercocebus mangabeys are relatively unknown compared to other cercopithecine primates. An analysis of four journals (American Journal of Primatology, International Journal of Primatology, American Journal of Physical Anthropology and Folia Primatologica) revealed that in the last 10 years the number of published papers examining the behavior and ecology of Cercocebus (X bar =5.75, SD=1.71) is significantly lower compared to other old World monkey genera (e.g., Papio spp. [X bar =17.25, SD=6.24; t(6)=3.56, p=0.012]). The majority of work available for Cercocebus is derived from captive studies and detailed observations of free-ranging populations have been limited to a handful of sites and species. In addition, few inter-site or inter-species comparative studies have been undertaken. The purpose of this symposium is to bring together researchers involved in studying varying aspects of Cercocebus species to summarize what is known, present current research, highlight conservation threats and suggest areas for future investigation across the genus. Topics will include female mating strategies, reproductive seasonality, dietary flexibility and utilization of fallback foods, and the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on mangabeys.