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A floristic description and utilisation of two home ranges by vervet monkeys in Loskop Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa

Alan S. Barrett, Leslie R. Brown, Louise Barrett, Peter Henzi
Koedoe | Vol 52, No 1 | a990 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v52i1.990 | © 2010 Alan S. Barrett, Leslie R. Brown, Louise Barrett, Peter Henzi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 February 2010 | Published: 26 October 2010

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Alan S. Barrett, University of South Africa, South Africa
Leslie R. Brown, Unversity of South Africa, South Africa
Louise Barrett, University of South Africa, South Africa
Peter Henzi, University of South Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

The plant communities occurring in the home ranges of two vervet monkey (Chlorocebus aethiops) troops (referred to as the Donga and Picnic troops) were investigated as part of a comprehensive research project on the spatial and temporal patterns in resource dispersion or distribution and range use. From two-way indicator species analysis (TWINSPAN) multivariate classifications refined by Braun-Blanquet procedures, seven plant communities that can be placed into three major groups were identified in the home range of the Donga troop, and eight plant communities that can be placed into four major groups were identified in the home range of the Picnic troop. Classifications and descriptions of the major groups, including vegetation maps, are presented. Diagnostic as well as prominent species of tree, shrub, forb and grass strata are outlined. Ordinations and floristic analyses were undertaken for the two home ranges to highlight vegetative differences between the areas. The phenology of vervet resources and the available resource energy were determined as a basis for the comprehensive study.

Conservation implications: This vegetation description and phenology provide valuable information on the utilisation of home ranges by vervets and demonstrate how various management applications can affect the home range dependence of troops.


Keywords

Braun-Blanquet; phenology; plant communities; resource energy; TWINSPAN

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