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Primate Biology An international open-access journal on primate research
Primate Biol., 2, 111-118, 2015
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Review article
25 Sep 2015
Tree shrews at the German Primate Center
E. Fuchs German Primate Center, Kellnerweg 4, 37077 Göttingen, Germany
Abstract. For many years, Tupaia (family Tupaiidae), most commonly known as tree shrews, have been studied almost exclusively by zoologists resulting in a controversial debate on their taxonomic status among mammals. Today, tree shrews are placed in the order Scandentia; they are valuable, widely accepted and increasingly used model animals as an alternative to rodents and non-human primates in biomedical research. After a brief description on how tree shrews entered science and their taxonomic odyssey, the present article describes the history of the tree shrew (Tupaia belangeri) colony at the German Primate Center and selected aspects of our work with special emphasis on the psychosocial stress model in these animals.

Citation: Fuchs, E.: Tree shrews at the German Primate Center, Primate Biol., 2, 111-118, doi:10.5194/pb-2-111-2015, 2015.
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