The Behavioral Ecology of Callimicos and Tamarins in Northwestern Bolivia by Leila M. Porter, xix + 172 pp., 2000, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, $20.80 (paperback)
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This monograph is the sixth in the Primate Field Studies series edited by Robert Sussman and Natalie Vasey and the first platyrrhine contribution. The goal of the series is to provide an outlet for long-term research by field ecologists. Although much of the data has been published elsewhere, the monograph form provides a concise package without stinting on details of methods and results.
In 7 chapters, plus a summary, Porter explores the diversity of small-bodied platyrrhine niches in her study of 2 tamarin species (Saguinus labiatus and S. fuscicollis) and Callimico goeldii (hereafter callimicos). The species are similar, characterized by high reproductive investment by females and a high incidence of traveling in mixed-species groups. Historically, Callimicohas been considered intermediate between the larger platyrrhines and the callitrichines, but the quantity of research projects on wild callimicos has fallen far behind those of tamarins and marmosets. We quickly discover the...