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Demography and life history of Thomas Langurs (Presbytis thomasi)

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Author: Wich, S.A. · Steenbeek, R. · Sterck, E.H.M. · Korstjens, A.H. · Willems, E.P. · Schaik, C.P. van
Institution: TNO Kwaliteit van Leven
Source:American Journal of Primatology, 6, 69, 641-651
Identifier: 240018
doi: doi:10.1002/ajp.20386
Keywords: Workplace · Veilig en Gezond Werken · Folivory · Leslie matrix · Primates · Age Factors · Animals · Birth Intervals · Birth Rate · Cercopithecidae · Demography · Female · Fertility · Indonesia · Life Tables · Male · Mortality · Observation · Population Dynamics · Sex Factors · Sex Ratio · Sexual Maturation · Mammalia · Presbytis thomasi · Primates


Life history data from wild primate populations are necessary to explain variation in primate social systems and explain differences between primates and other mammals. Here we report life history data from a 12.5-year study on wild Thomas langurs. Mean age at first reproduction was 5.4 years and the sex ratio at birth was even. The mean interbirth interval (IBI) after a surviving infant was 26.8 mo, after nonsurviving infants 17.7 mo, and combined 22.0 mo. Mean annual birth rate of adult females was 0.44, while reaching a peak at 6 years of age and showing no decrease with age. Mortality was highest during the first year of life (48.0% for males and 43.0% for females) and consistently higher for males than females. The oldest female observed during the study was estimated to be 20 years of age, whereas the oldest male disappeared at age 13 years, indicating that males die at a much earlier age than females. A Leslie matrix based on these estimates yielded a growth rate of 1.01, which is comparable to the nonsignificant increase in density indicated by our long-term field data. A comparison with life history data for sympatric frugivorous primates suggests that folivory might be associated with faster life history. © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.