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Averee Miranda Luhrs

Averee Miranda Luhrs

Oxford, United Kingdom

Nocturnal Primate Research Group, Oxford Broookes University

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Thank you Stephen! We're getting there!
Sep 23, 2016
Africa After Dark: Investigating the Behavioural Ecology of Nocturnal African Lorisids
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Hi Cindy! Good question. We are not actually testing their vision in the same way an optometrist tests yours. We are actually more interested in if the angwantibo uses mostly vision or scent to catch prey. In a way, it does mean we need to know how well it can see. But behavioural observations help us answer these questions. If an angwantibo is often able to detect insects that are well-camouflaged and unmoving, this suggests vision is important. If an angwantibo can catch insects out of the air, this could suggest vision is important as well- though this could also suggest hearing is important! It is a bit complex to tease out. Charles-Dominique suggested angwantibos have poor vision after watching them navigate through branches or after watching them react to human presence. Honestly, his inference seems full of assumptions, but we don't have much else to go off of! Once we can see what the angwantibo is eating and navigating, we can start to make inferences about vision based on food characteristics/ how the food is obtained as well as the routes the animals take in the habitat. Basically, it isn't easy, it just takes a lot of careful observation!
Sep 23, 2016
Africa After Dark: Investigating the Behavioural Ecology of Nocturnal African Lorisids
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AHHH Thanks Morwenna!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 Make sure the smoothie maker can run on solar power.... >.<
Sep 02, 2016
Africa After Dark: Investigating the Behavioural Ecology of Nocturnal African Lorisids
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