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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 27, No. 5, 2006, pp. 558-560
Bioline Code: zr06079
Full paper language: Chinese
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 27, No. 5, 2006, pp. 558-560

 en An Observation of François' Langurs Using Caves at Mayanghe National Nature Reserve, Guizhou, China
Cyril C. Grueter, DING Wei

Abstract

The utilization of caves is a rather rare phenomenon in nonhuman primates, found almost exclusively in those members of the genus Trachypithecus that share a preference for forest on limestone (karst) hills in Vietnam and southern China. Here we report a new case of usage of caves as overnight sleeping shelters by François' or black langurs ( Trachypithecus françoisi check for this species in other resources ) at Mayanghe National Nature Reserve in Yanhe County, Guizhou Province, China. We tentatively address three possible hypotheses that may account for the use of caves in François' langurs at Mayanghe: shelter against climatic conditions, acquisition of minerals and protection from predators.

Keywords
François' langurs; Guizhou Mayanghe National Nature Reserve; Cave utilization

 
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