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Primates. 2007 Oct;48(4):320-3. Epub 2006 Dec 14.

Ranging behavior of the François' langur (Trachypithecus francoisi) in the Fusui Nature Reserve, China.

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  • 1College of Life Science, Guangxi Normal University, No.15 Yu Cai Road, Guilin, Guangxi 541004, China.

Abstract

Data on activity budgets and ranging patterns were collected from March to December 2001 for one group of François' langurs (Trachypithecus francoisi) inhabiting a forested part of the Fusui Nature Reserve, Guangxi province, China. Our results indicate that the total size of the home range of the study group during the study period was 19 ha. The majority of their activities (52%) occurred within a small area, 22%, of their home range, and was concentrated in or near quadrats containing their sleeping sites, which may reduce the time and energetic cost of travel. The extent of the ranging behavior varied between months, with the smallest, 7 ha, recorded in July and the largest, 13.5 ha, in November. There was no significant difference between seasons. The monthly mean daily path lengths varied from 341 to 577 m. The daily path lengths showed significant seasonal changes: the path lengths were longer during the dry season than in the rainy season, which may be related to the scarcity of preferred food resources during the dry season.

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