Digging and eating of underground plant-parts by wild Japanese monkeys (Macaca fuscata)

Bibliographic Collection: 
MOCA Reference, APE
Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Iguchi, Motoi; Izawa, Kosei
Year of Publication: 1990
Journal: Primates
Volume: 31
Pagination: 621–624
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 1610-7365

It has been reported that Japanese monkeys pull out and eat underground parts of plants, but they do so only a little and occasionally. The authors observed that wild Japanese monkeys in the mountains area near Hinohara Village ate underground plant-parts as one of the main components of their diet and they spent a lot of time digging for them. From information obtained from local old people, it appears that they have exhibited this behavior for many years as part of their feeding repertoire.

DOI: 10.1007/BF02382548