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

Huashuayo-Llamocca, Rosario; Heymann, Eckhard W.

We report observations on fur-rubbing with leaves from Piper aduncum by a San Martín titi monkey, Callicebus oenanthe. Fur-rubbing occurred during the transition from the dry to the rainy season in a titi monkey group living in a forest fragment in the Moyobamba region of Peru. Since Piper leaves include very potent compounds that may affect ectoparasites, we tentatively interpret the observed fur-rubbing as self-medication.

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Huashuayo-Llamocca, Rosario / Heymann, Eckhard W.: Fur-rubbing with Piper leaves in the San Martín titi monkey, Callicebus oenanthe. 2017. Copernicus Publications.

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