Predator-prey interaction between two threatened species in a Brazilian hotspot


  • Gustavo Rodrigues Canale Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Instituto de Ciências Naturais, Humanas e Sociais, Núcleo de Estudos da Biodiversidade da Amazônia Mato-Grossense
  • Christine Steiner São Bernardo Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso, Programa de pós-graduação em Ciências Ambientais


Atlantic Forest, coexistence, conservation, Crax blumenbachii, diet, Sapajus xanthosternos


Conflicts in conservation may arise if two or more threatened species are involved in prey-predator interaction. Predators may have a profound effect on small prey populations, thus conservation actions must consider inter-specific interactions involving threatened species. Here we report nest predation events on a wild population of the Endangered red-billed curassow Crax blumenbachii Spix, 1825 by a group of the Critically Endangered yellow-breasted capuchin monkeys Sapajus xanthosternosWied-Neuwied, 1820 in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. This is the first study to report egg predation of an threatened gamebird by an threatened primate. We recommend that systematic conservation planning for these threatened species consider interactions, especially considering upcoming reintroduction programs indicated in the National Action Plans for these species conservation.




How to Cite

Canale, G. R., & Bernardo, C. S. S. (2016). Predator-prey interaction between two threatened species in a Brazilian hotspot. Biota Neotropica, 16(1). Retrieved from //



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