Revista Brasileira de Zoologia
Print version ISSN 0101-8175
LUDWIG, Gabriela; AGUIAR, Lucas M. and ROCHA, Vlamir J.. Acquisition behavior of Manihot esculenta Crantz (Euphorbiaceae), cassava, by Cebus nigritus (Goldfuss) (Primates, Cebidae) as a feeding adaptation on scarcity periods. Rev. Bras. Zool. [online]. 2006, vol.23, n.3, pp.888-890. ISSN 0101-8175. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-81752006000300039.
This study reports the acquisition behavior and the frequency of consumption of cassava, Manihot esculenta Crantz, by Cebus nigritus (Goldfuss, 1809) in the wild during periods of drought. This exotic food item is subterraneous and therefore does not provide the clear visual stimuli for its detection, particularly in the case of organisms that are primarily visually-oriented such as primates.
Keywords : Adaptation; animal behavior; capuchin monkey; diet; forest fragment.