December 06, 2009
A new paper published in Tropical Conservation Science looked at ones of these threats — fragmentation — in an effort to determine what traits put primates at highest risk of extinction in forest fragments. Traits investigated all related to various aspects of primate biology, including: the amount of habitat needed, reproductive rate, and types of specialization.
Propithecus verreauxi was one of the species examined.
The authors conclude that "conservation research and efforts should be directed at assessing the efficacy of forest fragments and small biological preserves in conserving primate species in the long-term."
CITATION: Gibbons,M. A. and Harcourt, A. H. 2009. Biological correlates of extinction and persistence of primates in small forest fragments: a global analysis Full Text PDF. Tropical Conservation Science Vol.2(4):388-403.