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The Japanese Macaques

Nakagawa, Naofumi, Nakamichi, Masayuki, Sugiura, Hideki (Eds.)

2010, XXVI, 402 p.

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  • Most comprehensive source of information on Japanese macaques ever published
  • Emphasizes understanding of intraspecific variations in morphology, genetic structure, physiology, ecology, and behaviors
  • Includes many beautiful color photos of Japanese macaques
Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) have been studied by primatologists since 1948, and considerable knowledge of the primate has been accumulated to elucidate the adaptation of the species over time and to distinct environments in Japan. The Japanese macaque is especially suited to intragenera and interpopulation comparative studies of behavior, physiology, and morphology, and to socioecology studies in general. This book, the most comprehensive ever published in English on Japanese macaques, is replete with contributions by leading researchers in field primatology. Highlighted are topics of intraspecific variations in the ecology and behaviors of the macaque. Such variations provide evidence of the ecological determinants on this species’ mating and social behaviors, along with evidence of cultural behavior. The book also addresses morphology, population genetics, recent habitat change, and conflicts with humans, and attests to the plasticity and complex adaptive system of macaque societies. The valuable information in this volume is recommended reading for researchers in primatology, anthropology, zoology, animal behavior, and conservation biology.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Conservation biology - animal behavior - behavior - ecology - environment - primates - primatology

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Ecology - Neuroscience

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Part I: Intra-specific Variation: Overview of Field Research and Related Studies. Chapter 1 Research History of Japanese Macaques in Japan Chapter 2 Morphological Characteristics, Growth, and Aging in Japanese Macaques Chapter 3 Modes of Differentiation in Japanese Macaques: Perspectives from Population GeneticsPart II: Intra-specific Variation: Ecology and Conservation Chapter 4 Ecological Adaptations of Temperate Primates: Population Density of Japanese Macaques Chapter 5 Regional, Temporal, and Interindividual Variation in the Feeding Ecology of Japanese Macaques Chapter 6 Seed Dispersal by Japanese Macaques Chapter 7 Conservation: Present Status of the Japanese Macaque Population and Its HabitatPart III: Intra-specific Variation: Behaviors and Social Relationships Chapter 8 The Ecological Design of the Affiliative Vocal Communication Style in Wild Japanese Macaques: Behavioral Adjustments to Social Contexts and Environments Chapter 9 Cultured Japanese Macaques: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Stone Handling Behavior and Its Implications for the Evolution of Behavioral Tradition in Nonhuman Primates Chapter 10 Interaction Between Male and Female Mating Strategies and Factors Affecting Reproductive Outcome Chapter 11 Lifetime Social Development in Female Japanese Macaques Chapter 12 Intraspecific Differences in Social Structure of the Japanese Macaques: A Revival of Lost Legacy by Updated Knowledge and PerspectivePart IV: Recent Topics from Unique Approaches Topic 1 Behavior-Related Candidate Genes in Japanese Macaques Topic 2 Fatty Acid Content of the Plants Consumed by Japanese Macaques Topic 3 Toward Understanding the Role of Diet in Host–Parasite Interactions: The Case for Japanese Macaques Topic 4 Did a Habitat Bottleneck Exist in the Recent History of Japanese Macaques? Topic 5 Resolution of Human–Macaque Conflicts: Changing from Top-Down to Community-Based Damage Management Topic 6 Social Object Play Among Juvenile Japanese Macaques Topic 7 Japanese Macaque Society as a Complex Adaptive SystemIndex

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