A comparison of activity patterns for captive Propithecus tattersalli and Propithecus coquereli.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The activity patterns and social interactions of two species of captive sifaka were observed during a 2-year period. Allogrooming was not observed in golden-crowned sifaka and they spent significantly more time resting than the Coquerel's sifaka. Females of both species were found to be dominant to males. The golden-crowned sifaka (Propithecus tattersalli) spent significantly less time feeding than the Coquerel's sifaka. Temperature, time of day, species, and interpair comparisons for the golden-crowned sifaka were found to affect activity and social interactions, while gender did not. Like the Coquerel's sifaka, the golden-crowned sifaka was found to be diurnal; however, they differed in that the golden-crowned sifaka did not descend to the ground.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wallace, GL; Paquette, LB; Glander, KE

Published Date

  • March 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 128 - 136

PubMed ID

  • 26802736

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-2361

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0733-3188

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/zoo.21258


  • eng