Effects of hunting on western Amazonian primate communities

Peres, Carlos A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1588-8765 (1990) Effects of hunting on western Amazonian primate communities. Biological Conservation, 54 (1). pp. 47-59. ISSN 0006-3207

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Transect surveys were carried out in seven western Amazonian upland forest sites and compared with four additional sites to examine effects of hunting by humans on the structure of species-rich primate communities. Primate body mass was a strong positive correlate of its crude and metabolic population biomass in non-hunted but not in hunted sites. Primate body mass was a good negative correlate of population density in hunted but not in non-hunted sites. Group density was not clearly affected by hunting activity. Large primates had significantly lower group densities than small primates in both hunted and non-hunted sites. These trends are largely a consequence of differences in abundance of large-bodied genera (i.e.Alouatta, Ateles and Lagothrix), accounting for the bulk of the primate biomass in non-hunted sites, but being over-harvested or becoming extinct in sites hunted by man.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ecology, evolution, behavior and systematics,nature and landscape conservation ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1100/1105
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Date Deposited: 28 May 2020 00:22
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 06:14
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/75344
DOI: 10.1016/0006-3207(90)90041-M

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