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Isotopic Variability and Lemur Diet in A Dry Madagascan Forest: A Cautionary Tale
Leaping Ahead: Advances in Prosimian Biology (2013)
  • B. E. Crowley
  • Laurie Godfrey, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
With the increasing use of carbon and nitrogen stable isotope variations in studies of prosimian diets, it is essential to understand the full extent of this variation in food plants. Our goal here is to characterize the δ 13C and δ 15N values of plants and modern and subfossil lemurs in and near Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve, south-western Madagascar. The region is characterized by a long dry season and a shorter monsoon season. In general, we found a high degree of variability both intra- and interspecifically. Furthermore, some of the general assumptions of isotopic ecology were not supported by our results. We suggest that researchers should be cautious when interpreting isotope values, especially when the conclusions are used to model paleocommunities or to inform conservation policies.
Publication Date
October 19, 2013
Judith Masters, Marco Gamba, Fabien Génin
Springer New York
Publisher Statement
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-4511-1
Citation Information
B. E. Crowley and Laurie Godfrey. "Isotopic Variability and Lemur Diet in A Dry Madagascan Forest: A Cautionary Tale" New YorkLeaping Ahead: Advances in Prosimian Biology (2013)
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