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Revista de Etologia

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SERBENA, Antonio Luis  e  MONTEIRO-FILHO, Emygdio Leite de Araujo. A behavioral description of captive young Capuchin Monkey (Cebus apella). Rev. etol. [online]. 2002, vol.4, n.2, pp. 109-116. ISSN 1517-2805.

We describe 21 behavioral categories of young captive Cebus apella monkey, observed from January to May 1996, during 90 hours, in two islands with bushy meadow vegetation at the Zoological Sector of Iguaçu Municipal Park (Southern Brazil). Six feeding behavior categories were described, including the use of tools of the hammer-and-anvil type to obtain food and of probes to locate ants. Nine play categories and five contact categories were described, including copulations between adult and young animals that may have a social function. A single alert category was recorded, it occurred in situations in which the whole groups was involved. High frequency of play behavior of young monkeys might constitute a preparation for the adult stage of development.

Palavras-chave : Development; Play; Tool use; Body contact; Capuchin monkeys; Cebus apella.

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