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Howler Monkeys

Adaptive Radiation, Systematics, and Morphology

  • Martín M. Kowalewski
  • Paul A. Garber
  • Liliana Cortés-Ortiz
  • Bernardo Urbani
  • Dionisios Youlatos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Martín M. Kowalewski, Paul A. Garber, Liliana Cortés-Ortiz, Bernardo Urbani, Dionisios Youlatos
      Pages 3-17
  3. Taxonomy, Genetics, Morphology and Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Alfred L. Rosenberger, Siobhán B. Cooke, Lauren B. Halenar, Marcelo F. Tejedor, Walter C. Hartwig, Nelson M. Novo et al.
      Pages 21-54
    3. Liliana Cortés-Ortiz, Anthony B. Rylands, Russell A. Mittermeier
      Pages 55-84
    4. Marta D. Mudry, Mariela Nieves, Eliana R. Steinberg
      Pages 85-105
    5. Liliana Cortés-Ortiz, Ilaria Agostini, Lucas M. Aguiar, Mary Kelaita, Felipe Ennes Silva, Júlio César Bicca-Marques
      Pages 107-131
    6. Dionisios Youlatos, Sébastien Couette, Lauren B. Halenar
      Pages 133-176
  4. Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Domingo Canales-Espinosa, María de Jesús Rovirosa-Hernández, Benoit de Thoisy, Mario Caba, Francisco García-Orduña
      Pages 179-202
    3. Rodolfo Martínez-Mota, Martín M. Kowalewski, Thomas R. Gillespie
      Pages 259-285
  5. Ontogeny and Sensory Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Laura T. Hernández Salazar, Nathaniel J. Dominy, Matthias Laska
      Pages 317-336
    3. Rogério Grassetto Teixeira de Cunha, Dilmar Alberto Gonçalves de Oliveira, Ingrid Holzmann, Dawn M. Kitchen
      Pages 337-368
    4. Dawn M. Kitchen, Rogério Grassetto Teixeira da Cunha, Ingrid Holzmann, Dilmar Alberto Gonçalves de Oliveira
      Pages 369-399
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 401-401

About this book


Howler monkeys (genus Alouatta) comprise twelve species of leaf-eating New World monkeys that range from southern Mexico through northern Argentina. This genus is the most widespread of any New World primate taxa, and can be found to inhabit a range of forest types from undisturbed rainforest to severely anthropogenically impacted forest fragments. Although there have been many studies on individual species of howler monkeys, this book is the first comprehensive volume to place information on howler behavior and biology within a theoretical framework of ecological and social adaptability. This is the first of two companion volumes devoted to the genus Alouatta.

This volume:

  • Provides new and original empirical and theoretical research on howler monkeys
  • Presents  evolutionary and adaptive explanations for the ecological success of howler monkeys
  • Examines howler behavior and ecology within a comparative framework

These goals are achieved in a collection of chapters written by a distinguished group of scientists on the evolutionary history, paleontology, taxonomy, genetics, morphology, physiology, and anatomy of howlers. This volume also contains chapters on ethnoprimatology, conservation, and howlers as vectors of infectious diseases.


Alouattines Cytogenetics Endocrinology Hematology Hybridization Microbiota Interactions

Editors and affiliations

  • Martín M. Kowalewski
    • 1
  • Paul A. Garber
    • 2
  • Liliana Cortés-Ortiz
    • 3
  • Bernardo Urbani
    • 4
  • Dionisios Youlatos
    • 5
  1. 1.Estación Biológica CorrientesMuseo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)Argentina
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  3. 3.Museum of Zoology, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  4. 4.Centro de AntropologíaInstituto Venezolano de Investigaciones CientíficasCaracasVenezuela
  5. 5.Department of ZoologyAristotle University of ThessalonikGreece

Bibliographic information


“Howler monkeys are among the best studied and most successful adaptive radiations of Neotropical primates. … This volume … exemplifies that approach by focusing on howler monkeys’ evolution and morphology, and changing views of their systematics. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.” (L. K. Sheeran, Choice, Vol. 52 (11), July, 20115)