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Locomotion of the slow loris in a designed substrate context

, : Locomotion of the slow loris in a designed substrate context. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 524: 577-586

Locomotion of a slow loris, N. coucang is analyzed in a designed substrate context composed of dowels varying in thickness, including diameters of 42 mm, 20 mm, 10 mm and 7 mm; inclination, including horizontal, diagonal and vertical; and density, with 1/2 the cage more densely furnished with dowels than the other. Tabulation of frequencies of use of these different classes of substrate revealed preferences for thicker (20 mm and 42 mm) and more horizontally inclined surfaces, but not for either of the 2 sections of the cage. Data for the parameters of thickness and inclination agree with those obtained by Charles-Dominique for free-ranging Perodicticus, both sets contrasting with the data on substrate use by the sympatric Arctocebus. Locomotor performance, as judged by gait and segmental kinematic patterns, was markedly different in the 2 sections, as well as on the wire wall of the cage. The interaction between the cheiridea and substrate parameters frequently may determine the expression of other features of locomotor performance.


DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.1330520414

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