Author Sommer, Volker
Article Title Sustained myrmecophagy in Nigerian chimpanzees: Preferred or fallback food?
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Source American journal of physical anthropology. vol. 162, no. 2 (Feb. 2017), p. 328-336 : ill
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Journal Title American journal of physical anthropology.
Copy vol. 162, no. 2 (Feb. 2017), p. 328-336 : ill
ISSN 00029483
Co author Buba, Umaru
Co author Pascual-Garrido, Alejandra
Co author Jesus, Goncalo
Brief substance At some sites across Africa, chimpanzees consume army ants, often aided by plant tools, although consumption frequencies vary greatly. Other populations do not eat these insects at all, despite apparent abundance. The relative importance of this type of myrmecophagy for chimpanzee diet therefore remains unclear. We investigate if army ants constitute a preferred food or a fallback resource for chimpanzees at Gashaka, Nigeria, where army ants are consumed much more frequently than elsewhere
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