Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

CHEMICAL-COMPOSITION OF BABOON PLANT FOODS - IMPLICATIONS FOR THE INTERPRETATION OF INTRASPECIFIC AND INTERSPECIFIC DIFFERENCES IN DIET

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Information on the chemical composition of baboon foods from the Laikipia Plateau, Kenya, is presented. Despite some differences in methods, results of analyses performed on the same foods at different sites were found to be extremely consistent, encouraging the view that meaningful intra- and interspecific comparisons of diet selection are feasible. Contrary to assumptions in the literature, no relationship between the abundance of food types and their chemical composition was found, nor was the foliage eaten by the baboons found to be a low-quality or high-fibre item in comparison with fruits and storage organs. Emphasis is placed on the need for caution in the use of simplistic dietary taxonomies which imply phytochemical and ecological homogeneity within broad food categories. Comparisons between three species revealed marked differences in the chemical composition of their diets; in particular, baboon diets were found to be higher in protein and lower in fibre than those of either lowland gorillas or Malaysian leaf monkeys, and differences in condensed tannin levels were also found. The relationship between these differences and the socio-ecology of the three species is discussed.

Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120
Number of pages20
JournalFolia Primatologica
Volume61
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1993

    Research areas

  • BABOONS, PHYTOCHEMISTRY, DIET, NUTRITIONAL QUALITY, SEX DIFFERENCES, FOLIVORY, BIOMASS, COLOBINE MONKEYS, BODY-SIZE, CHEMISTRY, STRATEGIES, SELECTION, BEHAVIOR, MODEL

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. A deepening understanding of animal culture suggests lessons for conservation

    Brakes, P., Carroll, E. L., Dall, S., Keith, S., McGregor, P., Mesnick, S., Noad, M., Rendell, L., Robbins, M., Rutz, C., Thorton, A., Whiten, A., Whiting, M., Aplin, L., Bearhop, S., Ciucci, P., Fishlock, V., Ford, J., Notarbartolo di Sciara, G., Simmonds, M. & 5 others, Spina, F., Wade, P., Whithead, H., Williams, J. & Garland, E. C., 28 Apr 2021, In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 288, 1949, 10 p., 20202718.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

  2. The psychological reach of culture in animals’ lives

    Whiten, A., 27 Apr 2021, In: Current Directions in Psychological Science. OnlineFirst, 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. Using natural travel paths to infer and compare primate cognition in the wild

    Janmaat, K. R. L., de Guinea, M., Collet, J., Byrne, R. W., Robira, B., van Loon, E., Jang, H., Biro, D., Ramos-Fernández, G., Ross, C., Presotto, A., Allritz, M., Alavi, S. & Van Belle, S., 23 Apr 2021, In: iScience. 24, 4, 17 p., 102343.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  4. The burgeoning reach of animal culture

    Whiten, A., 2 Apr 2021, In: Science. 372, 6537, eabe6514.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

  5. Chimpanzees’ behavioral flexibility, social tolerance and use of tool-composites in a progressively challenging foraging problem

    Harrison, R. A., van Leeuwen, E. & Whiten, A., 19 Feb 2021, In: iScience. 24, 2, 102033.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Related by journal

  1. Coordination Strategies of Chimpanzees and Children in a Prisoner's Dilemma

    Sanchez-Amaro, A., Duguid, S., Call, J. & Tomasello, M., 2018, In: Folia Primatologica. 89, 3-4, p. 186-186 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalAbstractpeer-review

  2. Determinants of Variation in Orangutans' Cognitive Performance: I. Effects of Background and Housing Conditions

    Damerius, L. A., Forss, S. I. F., Kosonen, Z. K., Burkart, J. M., Haun, D. B., Liebal, K., Call, J., Galdikas, B. M. & van Schaik, C. P., 2015, In: Folia Primatologica. 86, 4, p. 266-266 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalAbstractpeer-review

  3. Visual illusions in great apes, monkeys and humans

    Hanus, D., Truppa, V. & Call, J., Oct 2015, In: Folia Primatologica. 86, 4, p. 290-290 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalAbstractpeer-review

  4. When the Social Context Changes: Social Inhibition and Fission-Fusion Dynamics

    Amici, F., Call, J., Brosnan, S., Watzek, J. & Aureli, F., 2015, In: Folia Primatologica. 86, 4, p. 238-239 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalAbstractpeer-review

  5. Do Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) Help Conspecifics to Obtain Food?

    Albiach-Serrano, A., Call, J. & Tomasello, M., 2014, In: Folia Primatologica. 85, 1, p. 45-46 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalAbstractpeer-review

ID: 4629417

Top