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Primate Biology An international open-access journal on primate research
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Volume 2, issue 1
Primate Biol., 2, 111-118, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-2-111-2015
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Special issue: Hans-Jürg Kuhn and the German Primate Center

Primate Biol., 2, 111-118, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-2-111-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Review article 25 Sep 2015

Review article | 25 Sep 2015

Tree shrews at the German Primate Center

E. Fuchs 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.

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