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Primate Biol., 9, 29–31, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-9-29-2022
Primate Biol., 9, 29–31, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-9-29-2022
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01 Sep 2022
Short communication | 01 Sep 2022

Report of an attack on a howler monkey Alouatta sara by a group of collared peccaries Dicotyles tajacu at a mammal clay lick in Madre de Dios, Peru

Raul Bello et al.

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A camera trap captured the moment in which a group of collared peccaries attacked and killed a howler monkey at a clay lick in the Taricaya Ecological Reserve, Madre de Dios, Peru. This novel behaviour helps us understand the myriad risks howler monkeys face when descending to the forest floor while also indirectly emphasizing the importance of geophagy for these animals.