Nutrient Requirements of Nonhuman Primates Revised Ed.
By Committee on Animal Nutrition, Ad Hoc Committee on Nonhuman Primate Nutrition, National Research Council,
Committee on Animal Nutrition, National Research Council
Edition: Revised, 2002
The order Primates is diverse and includes pro simians, New World monkeys, Old World monkeys, apes, and humans. More than 250 species and more than 600 subspecies are recognized, and new species are described nearly every year.Recently,Colin Groves has proposed a revised taxonomic system that includes over 300 primate species (Groves, C.2001. Primate Taxonomy. Washington,DC: Smithsonian Institution Press).The challenge of describing the nutritional needs of primates, which range in size from tiny mouse lemurs and pygmy marmosets to the markedly larger gorillas and orangutans,is daunting, particularly because studies of feeding ecology,gastrointestinal anatomy, and nutrient requirements have been completed for only a few of them. Consequently,data have been sought on one or more model species in eight categories ( the suborder Strepsirrhini; the families Hominidae and Pongidae, Hylobatidae, Cercopithecidae, Cebidae, Callitrichidae, and Tarsiidae; and the subfamily Colobinae) in the
hope that such data would be representative of the Order.