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Title: Spider monkeys use high-quality core areas in a tropical dry forest
Authors: N. Asensio
D. Lusseau
C. M. Schaffner
F. Aureli
Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University
Mahidol University
University of Aberdeen
Universidad Veracruzana
University of Chester
Liverpool John Moores University
Keywords: Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2012
Citation: Journal of Zoology. Vol.287, No.4 (2012), 250-258
Abstract: Core areas are thought to be critical parts of animal home ranges for sustaining the population, but few studies have tested this important assumption. We examined whether core areas of spider monkeys Ateles geoffroyi had better habitat quality than the rest of their home range (non-core areas). Habitat quality parameters, including density and diversity of food trees, degree of forest maturity and density of sleeping trees in core and non-core areas were analyzed using Moran eigenvector generalized linear model (GLM) filtering using spatial eigenvector mapping to control for spatial autocorrelation. The best fitting GLM revealed that spider monkeys' core areas had higher habitat quality than non-core areas. This study provides quantitative evidence supporting the concept of core areas including the most critical resources for an animal population. In this respect, spider monkeys' core areas are a ke y to understand their movement ecology and habitat preferences. © 2012 The Authors. Journal of Zoology © 2012 The Zoological Society of London.
ISSN: 14697998
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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