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Primate demography and behavior are profoundly affected by ecological variables and that even short term changes in environmental conditions affects species population densities and group sizes. Food preference and feeding habit of Macaca radiata in a sacred grove was studied. Macaca radiata are generalistic feeders, although they exploited a wide variety of food items they concentrated on young leaves, fruits & leaf buds which provide crude proteins, fibers, minerals and sugars. They utilized food sources in a very balanced form that they achieve their nutritional requirement from it. Macaca radiata space themselves out as they forage on widely dispersed leaves, flowers and fruits of commonly available plants. Opportunities for monopolization of foods are therefore rare during natural foraging and strong competition may not occur under these circumstances are noted.
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Author(s): Dileep KBoby Jose
Food preference, Feeding habit, Macaca radiata, Sacred groves, physiology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology, bioinformatics, microbiology, immunology, parasitology