ACTA THERIOLOGICA SINICA ›› 2019, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (5): 585-589.DOI: 10.16829/j.slxb.150278

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Chinese Babax (Babax lanceolatus) was predated by a wild Rhinopithecus roxellana in Shennongjia National Park, China

ZHU Zunyan1 , HUANG Tianpeng2, YAO Hui2, YANG Wanji 2, XIANG Zuofu 1#br#   

  1. (1 College of Life Science and Technology, Central South University of Forestry & Technology, Changsha 410004, China)
    (2 Key Lab of Conservation Biology for Shennongjia Golden Monkey, Hubei Province, Shennongjia Forest District 442421, China)
  • Online:2019-09-30 Published:2019-11-27


朱遵燕1 黄天鹏2 姚辉2 杨万吉2 向左甫1   

  1. (1 中南林业科技大学生命科学与技术学院,长沙 410004)
    (2 湖北神农架金丝猴保育生物学湖北省重点实验室,神农架 442421)
  • 通讯作者: 向左甫 E-mail:;
  • 基金资助:
    国家自然科学基金(31870509, 31670397);国家林业局野生动物保护与繁育项目


Many reports have described that non-human primates capture and consume vertebrate prey. However, the colobinae monkeys with more strict phytophagous diet rarely prey on vertebrates. We recorded an adult female Rhinopithecus roxellana preyed on three Chinese Babax’s (Babax lanceolatus) chicks from a nest in Shennongjia National Park on Sept. 7, 2018. The monkey killed all the three chicks by biting off their heads while feeding on them. In this case, multiple individuals, most were female juveniles, were involved in watching the process of predation and actively explored the inside of the nest. The significance of this case is not only to further understand the feeding habits of R. roxellana, but also to accumulate basic data for exploring the behavioral mechanism of primate’s carnivority.

Key words: Rhinopithecus roxellana, Dietary composition, Vertebrate predation

关键词: 川金丝猴, 灵长类食性, 捕食脊椎动物