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Abstract : Lepilemur is presented as an example of extreme specialization for folivory, with a primitive type of social organization and the smallest individual territory. The -supplying area- of the other prosimian genera is correlated with the relative proportion of leaves and fruits in the diet and with the body weight. A general principle concerning body weights and diets of prosimians and simian primates is presented and discussed. The frugivorous-folivorous simian primates show a similar pattern of ecological and sociological adaptations, as exemplified by the genera Alouatta and Ateles for whom leaves are required to provide adequate levels of dietary protein. A similar feeding strategy is also found in many cercopithecid genera. Thus the -supplying area- and the maximum biomass are related to different models of habitat utilization which influence to a large extent the type of social organization.

Author: Claude Marcel Hladik -



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