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The Behavior and Ecology of Olingos (Bassaricyon gabii) and Their Competition with Kinkajous (Potos flavus) in Central Panama

TitleThe Behavior and Ecology of Olingos (Bassaricyon gabii) and Their Competition with Kinkajous (Potos flavus) in Central Panama
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsKays, RW
JournalMammalia
Volume64
Pagination1-10
Keywordsabundance, Bassaricyon gabbii, Diet, distribution, feces, olingos
Abstract

Five olingos (Bassaricyon gabbii) were captured with hoistable tree traps in central Panama. Observation of feeding individuals and the contents of 8 faeces identified 15 species of fruits and flowers in the olingo's diet. No evidence for carnivory was observed. One adult male used a home range of 37.5 ha (95% MCP), and travelled 1412 ± 272 m in a 1/2 night. Olingos appear to share many ecological and behavioral traits with kinkajous (Potos flavus), and competition for food may limit the abundance and distribution of the threatened olingo.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1515/mamm.2000.64.1.1
DOI10.1515/mamm.2000.64.1.1