Diet of Nilgiri langur Semnopithecus johnii inhabiting tropical montane shola in the Nilgiri Hills, South India

Kavana, T.S and Erinjery, J.J and Singh, M (2015) Diet of Nilgiri langur Semnopithecus johnii inhabiting tropical montane shola in the Nilgiri Hills, South India. Asian Primates Journal, 5 (1). pp. 3-11.

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Abstract: We studied food habits of a group of 11 Nilgiri Langurs Semnopithecus johnii (Fischer) in the Nilgiri Hills of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in south India. The study group occupied a patch of stunted montane forest surrounded by grassland, a habitat type known in south India as shola . Among 20 species prominent in the diet between June and December were (1) native plant species that are found principally in shola at elevations above 1,300 m (34% of feeding time), (2) pine needles, which are low-quality food items (11%), and (3) non-native plants (15%). Human activity is fragmenting shola and decimating the Nilgiri Langur habitat and food supply. Conserving the Nilgiri Langur will require protecting the shola forests of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
Item Type: Article
Keywords: conservation, diet, habitat fragmentation, low quality food, Western Ghats
Subjects: School of Natural and Engineering Sciences > Animal Behaviour
School of Natural and Engineering Sciences > Conservation Biology
Divisions: Schools > Natural Sciences and Engineering
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2018 05:58
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2018 05:58
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    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/1028

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