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Time as a constraint on group size in spider monkeys

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An animal can only survive in a given habitat if it has enough time to find, process and digest food whilst avoiding predation. The time it has for food acquisition is affected by the vegetation and competition with conspecifics, which depends on aggregation tendencies. We used the relationships between time allocations, on the one hand, and climatic variables (as a proxy for habitat quality) and group size, on the other, to develop a model that predicts maximum ecologically tolerable group s...

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10.1007/s00265-006-0212-2

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Experimental Psychology
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Author
Journal:
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology More from this journal
Volume:
60
Issue:
5
Pages:
683-694
Publication date:
2006-09-01
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EISSN:
1432-0762
ISSN:
0340-5443
Language:
English
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pubs:285213
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uuid:076011e9-1739-4bf0-8856-8f98edd0d867
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pubs:285213
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285213
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2013-11-17

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