Relation between food preference and food-elicited vocalizations in golden lion tamarins (Leontopithecus rosalia).

J. J. Benz, D. W. Leger, J. A. French

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We report the results of 2 studies on food-elicited vocalizations in golden lion tamarins (Leontopithecus rosalia). First, we investigated the preferences of 10 golden lion tamarins for 6 foods. Tamarins prefer mealworms and raisins significantly more than apple, egg, carrot, or marmoset diet. Food preference rank was significantly and positively correlated with the rank of latency to choose a particular food. Second, we investigated the relation between food preference and 15 vocal parameters measured from the calls emitted by 5 tamarins to a subset of the foods. Only 1 parameter was significantly correlated with food preference across animals. Within-subjects multivariate analysis of variance showed that the vocalizations to foods are significantly different. Our results support an hypothesis that food-elicited vocalizations vary in ways that correspond to the caller's preference but not in a manner that labels food type.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-149
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of comparative psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983)
Volume106
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1992

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Leontopithecus
Leontopithecus rosalia
Food Preferences
food preference
vocalization
Callitrichidae
food choices
Food
food
raisins
food labeling
carrots
multivariate analysis
apples
analysis of variance
Tenebrio
Callithrix
Daucus carota
diet
Vitis

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  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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