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Volume 4, issue 1
Primate Biol., 4, 127-130, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-4-127-2017
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Primate Biol., 4, 127-130, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-4-127-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Short communication 26 Jun 2017

Short communication | 26 Jun 2017

Fur-rubbing with Piper leaves in the San Martín titi monkey, Callicebus oenanthe

Rosario Huashuayo-Llamocca and Eckhard W. Heymann
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We report observations fur-rubbing with leaves from the spiked pepper plant, Piper aduncum, in the San Martín titi monkey, Callicebus oenanthe. As leaf extracts from this plant include insecticidal compounds, we interpret this behaviour as a defense against ectoparasites. Our observations expand the number of primate species for which this kind of self-medication is reported.
We report observations fur-rubbing with leaves from the spiked pepper plant, Piper aduncum, in...
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