Midnight's children?: Solitary primates and gregarious chiropterans

Radhakrishna, Sindhu (2005) Midnight's children?: Solitary primates and gregarious chiropterans. Current Science, 89 (7). pp. 1208-1213.


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    Abstract: Some primate species exhibit a solitary social organization. Among several ecological and biological parameters that have been forwarded as correlates of a solitary lifestyle, a nocturnal activity cycle is considered an important determinant. However, several species of megachiropterans, a mammalian group that is completely nocturnal, live in large multimale–multifemale groups. A comparative review of primate and megachiropteran behavioural adaptations shows that megachiropterans do not exhibit the expected correlates of a nocturnal lifestyle. It is suggested that detailed studies of megachiropteran social structures may reveal important pointers to the adaptive bases of a solitary social life.
    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The Copyright belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
    Keywords: Bats;gregarious;nocturnal;primates;social organization;solitary
    Subjects: School of Natural and Engineering Sciences > Animal Behaviour
    Divisions: Schools > Natural Sciences and Engineering
    Date Deposited: 18 May 2006
    Last Modified: 08 May 2015 09:34
    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/17

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