Anting in a Semifree-ranging Group of Cebus apella

  title={Anting in a Semifree-ranging Group of Cebus apella},
  author={Michele Pereira Verderane and Tiago Fal{\'o}tico and Briseida Dogo de Resende and Marcelo B Labruna and Patr{\'i}cia Izar and Eduardo B Ottoni},
  journal={International Journal of Primatology},
Capuchins apply many organic materials, especially leaves, to their skin. Protection against ectoparasites is the most commonly discussed explanation for the behavior. We describe fur rubbing with carpenter ants(Camponotus rufipes) by semifree-ranging tufted capuchins(Cebus apella) in the Tietê Ecological Park, São Paulo, Brazil. Carpenter ants produce and secrete high concentrations of formic acid, which repels tick nymphs. Anting occurred significantly more often during months of seasonal… CONTINUE READING