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Species richness, densities and biomass of nine primate communities in Eastern Colombia.


Data on the diversity and density of neotropical primates has multiplied in the past few years, providing a clearer idea of the great variability of primate communities in Amazonia and elsewhere. Peres & Palacios (2007) compare 101 neotropical sites having data for mid-sized to large vertebrate species, including primates. Moreover, Peres (2008) compares soil fertility, including 96 Amazonian forest sites. That analysis suggests that soil fertility had a significant positive effect on primate biomass, while hunting pressure has a negative effect on the primate community. More recent reports show great variability from species poor and low-density sites to communities with 14 syntopic species and high densities (Endo et al, 2009).

Since primates are often considered flagship-species and are used to evaluate the health of forest ecosystems, as well as providing a high percentage (24%-40%) of frugivore biomass, their importance to tropical forests has often been underlined (Dietz et al., 1994; Defler, 2010; Palacios & Peres, 2005; Maldonado, 2012). This makes them one of the most suitable candidates for regional-scale ecological comparisons, as they represent one of the most important biomass components of arboreal vertebrate assemblages (Emmons, 1984; Peres, 2008). Primates' ecological roles in seed dispersion, as well as prey and as predators are increasingly appreciated for their impact on diversity (Howe & Smallwood, 1982; Garber & Lambert, 1998; Stevenson et al., 2002; Stevenson & Pilar Medina, 2003; Chapman & Russo, 2007). Additionally, these charismatic animals are effectively used as flagship species for habitat conservation (Dietz, et al. 1994; Maldonado, 2012).

In this study I calculate and compare primate diversities in eastern Colombian Amazonian forest with that of some sites in the Colombian Llanos. I also compare eastern Colombian Amazonian sites (over 3200 mm precipitation) with some other selected Amazonian non-Colombian sites. Various studies show correlations of increases of primate species richness and plant diversity up to about 2,500 mm of annual precipitation and a decrease in rates of primate and plant species richness inversely correlated with higher precipitation (Peres & Janson, 1999; Gentry, 1982, 1989; Kay et al. 1997). Eastern Colombian Amazonian forests typically show annual precipitation above about 3200 mm.

A priority of this study is to characterise primate communities unaffected by human activities to provide baseline data for eastern Colombia. Information on intact primate communities is especially important because the alterations caused by hunting and habitat disturbance make it difficult to draw meaningful ecological conclusions, since some comparisons are distorted by human interference (Voss & Emmons, 1996; Peres, 1993, 2008). In this study I attempt to show why primate biomass and species richness is so much lower throughout the Eastern Colombian Amazon where precipitation reaches levels considerably over 3,000 mm as compared to other high biomass and species rich sites that are especially found south of the Amazon river, although in Colombia more elevated primate biomass is reported elsewhere. Comparisons in this study with the Colombian Llanos also underline fundamental differences from eastern Colombia, especially with species like Alouatta seniculus and Cebus apella.


Study sites

I censused three sites from the eastern Colombian llanos and six Amazonian sites in southern Colombia (Fig. 1). Data across these locations were obtained between the years 1977-2008, with the object of making a comprehensive, comparative study of primate density in eastern Colombia. Nine sites (1-9) were located in areas with minimal or no human intervention. "Igapo forest" is used as a term in the sense of Pires & Prance (1985) for blackwater and clearwater rivers, which is the case for the Apaporis river, which has origins of both blackwater and clearwater affluents (Hoorn et al., 2010). Although the Apaporis river has been considered a blackwater river by many (Goulding et al. 2003; Correa, 2008; Davis, 1996; Umana et al. 2011) it does not show all the characteristics of igapo from the central Amazon, especially the highly sandy soils of the flooded forests, especially because of its mixed origins, underlined by Junk & Furch (1985). The Apaporis has its origins in a southern extension of the Llanos Orientales and in its lower parts, including the Lago Taraira, the waters are sometimes blackwater and sometimes turbid and muddy.

In the Caparu surveys (sites 4-5), two different habitats: (upland forest and seasonally flooded igapo forest) were censused. Both forest types were used by the same primate population. In the Purite river surveys, sites 7 & 8 were separated by about 2 km, although they were on opposite sides of the river. Sites 8 & 9 were separated by about 8.3 km and were on the same side of the river. All the Amazonian sites were located in a zone of very high precipitation above 3,200 mm.

Following Peres (1997), these non-hunted sites (1-9) showed no evidence of hunting or rubber tree (Hevea spp.) exploitation. The extremely isolated Pure and Purite Rivers are both well over 100 km upriver from their respective river mouths. The only possibility of significant primate hunting would have been over 30 years ago, when primates were used as bait in commercial hunting of spotted cats (Defler, 1983). Earliest censuses followed NRC (1981) and were later conducted according to Peres (1993, 1999) and Buckland et al. (2001) using standardised line-transect census protocols for all census sites studied in recent years.

Census techniques

Gallery forests.

Densities at El Tuparro (2-3) were determined by direct count, since the main research included many hours habituating and observing the primates of those clearly-defined forests (Defler & Pintor, 1985). At La Barcarena I walked a previously cut 5 km transect and measured perpendicular distances by first measuring the distance to the first observed animal(s) and the angle between the observation distance and the transect, in order to convert to perpendicular distance to the group. Perpendicular distance to first animal observed were measured by tape. Density was calculated using (D = ND/L 2(ESW)) where D= group density, ND = number of sightings per species, L = cumulative transect length walked at each site, ESW = effective strip width or largest perpendicular distance observed for each species excluding outliers. There is a controversy whether detection distance should be to the center of the group or to the first animal, but in practice one most easily focuses on the first animal detected, since the group center is not easily identified. For detection widths I drew a frequency distribution of the various distances where groups had been observed, then truncated it at the point where observations fell off; multiplying this by two yielded a detection width for calculating densities as follows :

Amazonian sites

For Caparu (4-5) I used a five km transect perpendicular to lake's edge for the no. 4 site and a 10 km canoe transect (equals 5 km census for both sides of the lake route) for the igapo habitat. The line transect censuses were carried out over 2.5 years, twice a month, for a total distance census of 476 km including 212 km of censuses by canoe in igapo and 264 km of censuses in terra firme forests. Group size used for each detection event of Lagothrix was 24 individuals rather than a direct count, as 24 was the known count of the two groups most commonly detected along the transect route and no local group was less than 20. This was considered to provide a more accurate estimate as long as there was no danger of counting subgroups as separate groups. The census data were analysed using DISTANCE 4.0 software when an adequate sample was available. Low densities required the use of detection distances for the analysis (as described above), since there were not enough observations for the use of DISTANCE. Some species were never detected during censuses though their presence was confirmed. For example, during inland transect censuses at Caparu Cacajao melanocephalus was never detected, though densities have been reported for this site using other techniques (Defler, 2001). Caparu's data set for Lagothrix was analysed using both methods and compared to a previous direct count (Defler, 1983).

Robust estimates may not be feasible for species that are rarely observed. Nevertheless, estimates are presented here for most species where adequate data have been collected. In order to improve the reliability of the estimates by avoiding outliers, perpendicular distances were truncated at the point where detection events fell off and this distance was doubled for the analysis. To estimate biomass, I multiplied the mean body mass per [km.sup.2] for each species by 80% of average adult weights, following Peres (1997).

Soil characteristics were determined for sites no. 1 and 4 -9 via four widely separated collections per site and values were averaged. Physico-chemical characteristics were determined at the soil laboratory of the Instituto Augustin Codazzi in Bogota for micronutrients. Methods used at the Laboratorio Nacional de Suelos (IGAC) can be reviewed at the following link ( dd516280464b0aab8a70cb525e257f7f/LISTADO+DE+ME TODOS+EMPLEADOS+EN+EL+LABORATORIO+NAC IONAL+DE+SUELOS.pdf?MOD=AJPERES).

Results and Discussion

Primate species richness in nine different communities (Table 3) varied from 2-10 species and estimated primate community biomass ranged from 87 along the Pure river to 387 kg/[km.sup.2] in a pristine gallery forest (Table 1). Densities of total individuals of all species varied from 47.9-114 individuals/ [km.sup.2]. These are modest numbers when compared to sites having high densities and many individuals, such as seen in studies by Janson & Emmons, 1990; Puertas & Bodmer, 1993; Stevenson, 1996; Peres, 1997; Haugaasen & Peres, 2005; Endo et al., 2008 and others. The Colombian llanos gallery forest sites 1-3 had the highest biomass estimates registered in this study, while they had the lowest species richness (2, 3, 4 species) mostly due to Alouatta and Cebus species (either C. apella or C. albifrons); but site 2, a gallery forest, also exhibited one of the two highest densities of Callicebus torquatus calculated. In Colombia the highest densities and biomass known is found on the Duda river (Meta) in piedmont forest where some soil characteristics are known (Stevenson, 1996; Table 2).

Eastern Colombian Amazon sites in this study had much less primate biomass than the Llanos sites or the Duda river, except for the seasonable floodable igapo forest site at Caparu (no. 5). In fact, many un-hunted Amazonian sites in eastern Colombia had extremely low primate biomass and density of individuals (sites 4,6,7,8,9). The data broadly agree with density and biomass data collected by Palacios and Peres for the same region (Palacios & Peres, 2005; Table 4).

Soil characteristics for inland Amazonian sites in eastern Colombia (Table 2) showed extremely low fertility, including very low values for calcium, phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium, elements necessary for plant growth and probably at least partially explains the low biomass (Jordan, 1985; Hirabuki & Izawa 1990; Peres, 2008). Low phosphorus levels especially contrasted highly and significantly with high phosphorus and high biomass levels measured at La Barcarena and at the Duda river piedmont forest site in the western Amazon (Table 2; Hirabuki & Izawa, 1990). Very high rainfall (from 3200 mm in the south to 3950 mm) in Caparu in this part of eastern Colombia has washed soils causing low nutrient availability at all sites in this part of the Colombian Amazon.

The exception is the seasonally flooded igapo forest at Caparu, which nevertheless supports high primate biomass, especially during highwater in April-July. Here one must assume that the yearly influx of nutrients supports a high seasonal density of frugivorous primate species due to very high seasonal fruit and leaf production at that time (Figure 2a,b).

Comments on selected species

In Caparu I obtained three different densities for Lagothrix: 5.5 individuals/[km.sup.2] from the direct count method (Defler, 1989); 11 individuals/[km.sup.2] using line transects, analysed using as described above [see Defler, 1989]; and 13.1 individuals/[km.sup.2] using the same data base analysed with DISTANCE (Defler, 2003). Palacios & Peres (2005) censused the same primate population obtaining 6.6 individuals/km using DISTANCE; this was closest to my direct count of 5.5 individuals/[km.sup.2]. These divergent densities present a difficult interpretive problem that could be related to different methods. I conducted line transect census year round with an equal monthly effort whereas the study carried out by Palacios & Peres (2005) was conducted in November-December, a period of low resource availability when primate and other animal species often are obliged to concentrate on just a few key plant species necessitating the exploitation of highly patchy resources in a very irregular fashion (Terborgh, 1983). This may have skewed the results obtained by Palacios & Peres (2005) in comparison with my more evenly distributed data collection, nevertheless their results of 6.6 individuals/[km.sup.2] and my results of 5.5 individuals/[km.sup.2] calculated by direct count suggest that these low densities may be most accurate.

Because we knew the group size of the Lagothrix troops that were most commonly detected, we used 24 individuals to characterise each observation rather than the count of animals visible per detection. Peres (1999) argues that the use of average size for a species analysis may actually inflate the calculation, as subgroups may be counted as groups. In our case the data do not suggest that it was possible to have counted two subgroups, merely because observations were detected very far apart and any one observation represented the entire group. The difference between the putative direct count calculation of 5.5 individuals/[km.sup.2] and the DISTANCE calculation of 13.1 individuals/[km.sup.2] may illustrate the difficulty of making a direct count of animals based upon supposed recognition of groups in closed canopy rainforest or may illustrate inflated results for the DISTANCE calculation. In this paper we report calculations of Lagothrix at Caparu varying from 5.5 individuals/[km.sup.2] to 13.1 individuals/[km.sup.2].

Densities of Alouatta at almost all Amazonian sites are very low, at sites 4, 6-10 they were too low to calculate density using DISTANCE. At site 5 in an igapo forest, biomass and densities of Alouatta were the highest of all of the Amazonian sites, in agreement with other studies (Haugaasen & Peres, 2005; Peres, 1993, 1997). In contrast, in the llanos sites 1,2,3 Alouatta is a major component of primate biomass. Increase in Alouatta densities towards the north in Colombia and extremely high densities in Guarico state, Venezuela suggest that optimal habitat for Alouatta is the ecotone or edge habitat surrounded by savanna and not in closed-canopy forest (Crockett & Eisenberg, 1987; Table 5). Habitat in flooded forest at Caparu produces extremely large pulses of new leaves and fruits, compared to other local terra firme habitats and as reported before in Defler & Defler, (1996); (Figure 2a & 2b). This preferred ecotone habitat explains the almost universal presence of Alouatta along river and lake edges and the very low densities or absence away from this habitat.

The highest densities of Cebus apella were from La Barcarena gallery forest site, the highest densities of which this author has knowledge. Other calculated densities of this species (Caparu and Purite River) were much lower. Considering the very wide distribution of this species throughout the Amazon basin, it is of great ecological interest that we have not registered C. apella in the majority of the Colombian trapezium (the local name for that portion of the Colombian Amazon between the Putumayo river and the Amazon river) at any of our study sites (7-13). Where C. apella is absent, densities of C. albifrons are much higher than the densities of this species where it is syntopic with C. apella, suggesting some sort of density compensation (Peres & Dolman, 2000). Like C. apella, the highest density of C. albifrons was also measured in the Colombian gallery forest (site 2). The pattern of dominance of C. apella when syntopic with C. albifrons also seems to be reflected in other Amazonian data sets (Peres, 1997; Endo et al., 2009; Palacios & Peres, 2005; Haugaasen & Peres, 2005, among others). High densities of Cebus in gallery forest suggest a preference for edge habitat with high densities of Cebus albifrons in the llanos and may also suggest a preference for drier, more deciduous forests than in many parts of the Amazon.

Saimiri was present at most Amazonian sites at low densities of 6-18 individuals/[km.sup.2], reaching 24.6 individuals/[km.sup.2] at a site close to the Amazon River in the south (site 10). This species' densities were also low in the igapo forest site 3 at Caparu.

Callicebus torquatus generally shows low densities for sites 4, 6, 7 and high densities in the gallery forest of El Tuparro. Why C. torquatus should show such high densities in a gallery forest in the Colombian Llanos is not clear, although fertility factors might have increased the preferred food available. Callicebus is notoriously patchy in distribution and censuses passing through habitat patches will register high densities (Defler, pers. obs.). These patches, separated by wide expanses of forest where Callicebus is absent, may be affected by fluvial and lacustrine forest, since all sites had populations of Callicebus close to the water in generally tall, well-stratified forest. In the gallery forest of Tapon of El Tuparro the habitat is probably more homogeneous, approximating a preferred habitat for the species throughout its length.

Pithecia monachus was present in four Amazonian sites south of the Caqueta River (sites 6-9) at moderate densities (4-14.5 individuals/[km.sup.2]) and in clumped distributions. Like Callicebus torquatus, this species may be attracted to tall, well-stratified fluvial and lacustrine forest, since all sites had populations close to the water and they are frequently detected from boats. Their additional success in patches of vegetation in fragmented regions suggests a certain tolerance for edge habiat [Defler, unpublished data].

Only The Pure (6) contained Saguinus fuscicollis at low densities (8 ind/[km.sup.2]), but three sites had Saguinus nigricollis with moderate densities (14-15 ind/[km.sup.2]) along the clear-water Purite River. Many Saguinus species seem to show higher densities around secondary vegetation (pers. obs. Defler, for Saguinus fuscus and S. inustus and S. nigricollis), perhaps because of fast-growing small, soft fruits and increased solar exposure, attracting many grazing insects (Defler, 2004, 2010), but this posited effect has not been reported or tested in the literature.

Community biomass comparisons with the Duda River community

Although the six sites in the eastern Colombian Amazon always had higher species richness than the western Amazonian Duda River community, total primate biomass on the Duda River, with an annual precipitation of 2600 mm, was far greater than any that I surveyed. Stevenson (1996) calculated a biomass of 497.3 kg/[km.sup.2] for the six species of diurnal primates at his site, which included Lagothrix lugens, Ateles belzebuth and Alouatta seniculus--a syntopic array of three large species of considerable biomass, which this author has never personally observed in eastern Colombia. I observed somewhat comparable high biomass communities (with lower species richness) only in the Llanos with 387 and 370 kg/[km.sup.2] (due to high densities of Alouatta and Cebus spp.). Amazonian primate communities in this study varied between 86 kg-216.5 kg and averaged only 142.5 kg of primate biomass.

Edaphic factors, precipitation and biomass densities

The tropical moist forests in this comparative study experience precipitation between 3200-3950 mm per year. Consistently heavy rains leach soils of calcium, magnesium and potassium, causing a decrease in phosphorus availability and creating more acidic soil, all of which affect crop size and primary production (Defler & Defler, 1996; Reed & Fleagle, 1995). At higher primate biomass sites of La Barcarena and the Duda river, phosphorus levels are elevated, compared to measured sites in the eastern Colombian Amazon. I suggest this is the cause of reduced diversity and biomass in the eastern Colombian Amazon as discussed by Peres (2008).

General community characteristics

Based on information from a variety of field surveys cited above and sites in the eastern Colombian Amazon (as reported in this study) some general observations can be made. A typically species-rich Amazonian community usually possesses the large sympatric frugivores Ateles and Lagothrix, two species of Saguinus (not so in the Duda river), two species of Callicebus and two species of Cebus (not in the peripheral Duda river). When C. albifrons and C. apella are syntopic, the biomass of C. apella is usually much higher than that of C. albifrons (this study). In eastern Colombia, species richness is moderate and the densities of each species are notably lower than in many communities studied south of the Amazon River, while in eastern Amazonian Colombia there is only one large frugivore species, one Saguinus and sometimes only one Cebus species. It is noteworthy that not only were biomass values very low in eastern Colombia but species richness is moderate as compared to primate communities further south of the Amazon river at the same latitudes. It would seem that some of the factors that affect community biomass also affect species richness as well, especially phosphorus levels, and I suggest that high precipitations (well over 2500 mm) and soil impoverishment are the likely factors that suppress biomass and species richness.


The author's fieldwork was supported by Conservation International USA, Primate Action Fund, Conservacion Internacional Colombia, the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation, Colciencias (Colombia), National Geographic Society, the World Wildlife Fund (USA), the Wildlife Conservation Society, Fundacion Natura (Colombia) and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Thanks to Sara Bennett, volunteer assistants and the Colombian Park System for their support. I thank Mario Salazar for transportation to the northernmost site in the Colombian llanos and for gathering rainfall data for that site throughout various years. Thanks to Anthony Rylands, Brian Milton and three anonymous reviewers for critical comments on earlier versions that have contributed greatly to the clarity of this article. Aditionally thanks to Angela Maldonado and Thomas Lafon who worked with me on another earlier version of this manuscript, which was to have Maldonado as second author. Removal of Maldonado's data seemed to add coherence to the discussion and conclusions presented here.


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Thomas R. Defler, Departamento de Biologia, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia. E-mail:

Table 1. Characteristics of the nine sampling sites
included in this study

                                  Forest    Hunting      No. of
Census Site                      Type (1)   pressure   Species (2)

1. La Barcarena 5[degrees]24'       GF        None          2

2. Bosque del Cerro-Tuparro-        GF        None          3
NP (4) 5[degrees]20'20.9"

3. Tapon-Tuparro-NP                 GF        None          4

4. Caparu 1 1[degrees]04'19.4"     OTF        None          8

5. Caparu 2-Lakeside              Igapo       None          8

6. Pure 2[degrees]07'16.2"         OTF        None         10

7. Purite-Amacayacu-NP             OTF        None          9

8. Purite/Ome                      OTF        None          9

9. Purite/Camino Nuevo             OTF        None          9

                                     Census       Census
Census Site                          Period       Effort

1. La Barcarena 5[degrees]24'      March-1995       50

2. Bosque del Cerro-Tuparro-     Jan-June-1977      67
NP (4) 5[degrees]20'20.9"

3. Tapon-Tuparro-NP               Aug-Dec-1977      56

4. Caparu 1 1[degrees]04'19.4"     1984-1987       264

5. Caparu 2-Lakeside               1984-1987       212

6. Pure 2[degrees]07'16.2"       Nov - Dec-1999     50

7. Purite-Amacayacu-NP             2000-2001       321

8. Purite/Ome                      2000-2002       370

9. Purite/Camino Nuevo             2002-2003       220

                                 Density (3) (ind/    Biomasa (3)
Census Site                         [km.sup.2])      (kg/[km.sup.2])

1. La Barcarena 5[degrees]24'           114                387

2. Bosque del Cerro-Tuparro-            66                 190
NP (4) 5[degrees]20'20.9"

3. Tapon-Tuparro-NP                     77                 370

4. Caparu 1 1[degrees]04'19.4"         48.2                133

5. Caparu 2-Lakeside                   97.1                215

6. Pure 2[degrees]07'16.2"             47.9                87

7. Purite-Amacayacu-NP                  61                 114

8. Purite/Ome                          66.1                161

9. Purite/Camino Nuevo                 61.2                118

(1) Forest Type: GF: Gallery Forest-Llanos; OTF: Oligotrophic
terra firme forest adjacent to black or clear water sources;
Igapo: seasonally flooded forest
by black water.

(2) Number of primate species including Aotus spp.

(3) Density and biomass of diurnal primates only

(4) NP: National Park;

(5) SANP: Southern Amacayacu National Park

Table 2. Soil properties from seven census sites, compared to high
primate biomass site along the Duda river, Meta


                       %Sand   %Silt   %Clay    PH     Al     Ca

Barcarena               37      43     20.0    3.93   3.35   0.16
Caparu1                 40     39.5    20.5    4.2    3.35   0.20
Caparu2                 15      18     67.0    4.9    9.6    0.20
Pure                    45      36     19.0    3.6    4.73   0.26
Purite-Amacayacu NP     75      17      7.5    3.45   2.45   0.13
Purite-Ome              51     23.3    26.0    3.53   5.15   0.22
Purite-Camino Nuevo     34     36.6    39.3    3.52   8.26   0.13
Duda river *            --      --      --     5.0     --    13.5


                        Mg     K      Na    [O.sub.5])     CEC

Barcarena              0.30   0.33   0.06      1.6        4.20
Caparu1                0.20   0.12   0.06      0.1        3.93
Caparu2                0.20   0.15   0.10      0.2       10.25
Pure                   0.20   0.20   0.02      0.3        5.40
Purite-Amacayacu NP    0.11   0.10   0.02      0.3        2.80
Purite-Ome             0.25   0.19   0.02      0.5        5.83
Purite-Camino Nuevo    0.20   0.18   0.04      0.3        8.82
Duda river *           8.45   15.7   23.5      1.5         --

CEC = cation exchange capacity

P= parts per million

* Hirabuki & Izawa, 1990

Table 3. Primate community censuses in eastern Colombia expressed
as number of groups observed / 10 km of census trail (SR); number
of individuals/[km.sup.2] (D); kilograms ofbiomass/[km.sup.2]
(B); figures in brackets correspond to direct count.

                         1. La     2. Bosque   3. Tapon
Primate species        Barcarena    deTomas    Tuparro NP

Large body size (>4.0 kg)

Lagothrix         SR       -           -           -
lagothricha       D

Aloutta           SR      3.7                     1.8
seniculus         D      42.5        [30]         [30]
                  B       221        119.6        140

Medium body size (1.5 - 4.0 kg)

C acajao          SR       -           -           -
melanocephalus    D

Cebus apella      SR      4.5          -          5.1
                  D      71.5                     [19]
                  B       166                     87.5

Cebus albifrons   SR       -                       -
                  D                   36
                  B                  79.2

Pithecia          SR       -           -           -
monachus          D

Small body size (<1,5 kg)

Saimiri           SR       -           -           -
sciureus          D

Callicebus        SR       -           -          3.1
torquatus         D                                28
                  B                               26.9

Aotus spp.                 -           +           +

Saguinus          SR       -           -           -
fuscicollis       D

Saguinus          SR       -           -           -
nigricollis       D

Cebuella          SR       -           -           -
pygmaea           D

                                     5. Caparu2-   6. Pure
Primate species        4. Caparu 1    Lakeside       NP

Large body size (>4.0 kg)

Lagothrix         SR      0.53          0.57         0.2
lagothricha       D       13.1          13.7         4.8
                  B       91.1          95.3        33.4

Aloutta           SR        +           1.32          +
seniculus         D                      15
                  B                      78

Medium body size (1.5 - 4.0 kg)

C acajao          SR                    0.84          -
melanocephalus    D      [4.15]          12
                  B       10.6          30.7

Cebus apella      SR      0.53            +          0.6
                  D         8                         9
                  B       18.6                      20.9

Cebus albifrons   SR        +            0.1         0.2
                  D                      2.2         4.4
                  B                      4.8         9.7

Pithecia          SR        -             -          0.4
monachus          D                                   4
                  B                                   7

Small body size (<1,5 kg)

Saimiri           SR       0.3          0.24         0.6
sciureus          D       8.85            6         17.7
                  B       6.64           5.8        13.2

Callicebus        SR      0.68            +           +
torquatus         D       6.08
                  B        5.8

Aotus spp.                  +             +           +

Saguinus          SR        -             +          0.8
fuscicollis       D                                   8
                  B                                  2.5

Saguinus          SR        -             -           -
nigricollis       D

Cebuella          SR        -             -           +
pygmaea           D

                                                9. Purite-
                       7. Purite   8. Purite-     Camino
Primate species           ANP         Ome         Nuevo

Large body size (>4.0 kg)

Lagothrix         SR     0.32         0.54         0.35
lagothricha       D       9.7         13.1         6.9
                  B      67.5         91.2          48

Aloutta           SR       +         0.135         0.09
seniculus         D                   1.4           9
                  B                   5.8          4.7

Medium body size (1.5 - 4.0 kg)

C acajao          SR       -           -            -
melanocephalus    D

Cebus apella      SR       -           -            -

Cebus albifrons   SR     0.32         0.51         0.48
                  D       6.8         15.8         8.2
                  B       15          34.8          18

Pithecia          SR     0.96         0.65         1.22
monachus          D       10          7.6          14.5
                  B      17.6         13.4         25.5

Small body size (<1,5 kg)

Saimiri           SR     0.39         0.24         0.26
sciureus          D      11.5         10.5         8.5
                  B       8.6          8           6.4

Callicebus        SR     0.06         0.16         1.18
torquatus         D        9          2.7          12.7
                  B      0.86         2.6          12.2

Aotus spp.                 +           +            +

Saguinus          SR       -           -            -
fuscicollis       D

Saguinus          SR     1.32         1.08         1.83
nigricollis       D       14           15          9.5
                  B      4.76         5.1          3.23

Cebuella          SR       +           +            +
pygmaea           D

Symbols: (-) The species does not occur; (+) The species
is present but was not detected during census.

Table 4. Characteristics of the 26 Amazonian primate
communities compared with the 9 sites presented
in this study

                                No. of    Density (ind/   Biomass (kg/
Study site                      species    [km.sup.2])    [km.sup.2])

Terrafirme forest

La Barcarena                       2           114            387
Cerro de El Tuparro                3           66             190
Tapon El Tuparro                   4           77             370
Caparu1                            8          48.2            133
Pure                              10          47.9             87
Purite-Amacayacu                   9           61             114
Purite-Ome                         9          66.1            161
Purite-Camino Nuevo                9          61.2            118
Caparu (1)-Colombia                8          61.9           175.7
Ayo (1)- Colombia                 10          86.9           169.5
Pintadillo (1)-Colombia           10          37.4            88.9
Duda river (2)-Colombia            7          130.7          497.3
Porongaba (3), Brazil             12           209            158
Sobra (3), Brazil                 11           174            117
Kaxinawa Reserve (3), Brazil      12           145            173
Condor (3), Brazil                11           194            274
Penedo (3), Brazil                10           129            118
Altamira (3), Brazil              12           227            463
Barro VermelhoI (3), Brazil       13           165            261
Fortuna (3), Brazil               14           216            297
Riozinho (3), Brazil              14           157            225
Igarape Jaraqui (3), Brazil       13           137            131
Vira Volta (3), Brazil            13           182            282
Vai Quem Quer (3), Brazil         11           124            176
Urucu River (4), Brazil           13           146            381
Yavari River (5), Peru            14            -             420
Cocha Cashu, Manu, Peru (6)       14           287            655

Varzea forest

Caparu2                            8          97.1            215
Sacado (3), Brazil                 4           126            245
Nova Empresa (3), Brazil           6           185            410
Boa Esperanca (3), Brazil          5           355            953
Barro Vermelho II (3), Brazil      7           213            361
Lago da Fortuna (3), Brazil        7           358            627
Lago Mamiraua (3), Brazil          3           270            429
Lago Teju (3), Brazil              4           175            352
Cajuana Island (3), Brazil         6           120            389

Data source: (1.) Palacios and Peres [2005];
(2.) Stevenson [1996]; (3.) Peres [1997]; (4.) Peres [1993];
(5.) Puertas and Bodmer [1993].

Table 5. Various densities of Alouatta seniculus, increasing
towards northwards (in Colombia) towards the center of the
Venezuelan llanos, suggest elucidation of preferred habitat
for this species.

Census Site (s)                  Individuals/[km.sup.2]

Orne-rio Purite (Defler, this             1.8
study) terra firme

Sur del Vaupes (Palacios &                 4
Rodriquez, 2001) igapo

Rio Jurua, Brazil                 4.7 average of nine
(Peres, 1997) terra firme         sites (range 1-8.4

El Tuparro(Defler, 1981)                 27-29
gallery forest

Manu, Peru (Terborgh, 1983;                30
Janson & Emmons, 1990)
tropical moist forest

La Barcarena                              42.5
(Defler, this study) gallery

Rio Jurua, Brazil                 40.7 average of six
(Peres, 1997) Varzea             sites (range 15.6-89.7

Hato Masagural, Estado de          83-118 data from
Guarico, Venezuela (Crockett          four studies
& Eisenberg, 1981) gallery
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