Fecha de Publicación: 29 Dec 2017
Cita: Diego A. Gómez-Hoyos, José F. González-Maya, Jesús Pacheco, Rocío Seisdedos-Vergara, César L. Barrio-Amorós, Gerardo Ceballos. 2017. Mineral-Lick Use By Choloepus hoffmanni (Pilosa: Megalonychidae) At Las Cruces Biological Station, Coto Brus, Costa Rica. The Southwestern Naturalist, 62(4):278-280.

MINERAL-LICK USE BY CHOLOEPUS HOFFMANNI (PILOSA: MEGALONYCHIDAE) AT LAS CRUCES BIOLOGICAL STATION, COTO BRUS, COSTA RICA

The hypotheses presented assume the use of themineral lick by sloths is providing an important resource that is needed by the individual.

Published By: Southwestern Association of Naturalists

ABSTRACT—To date, only one record of mineral licking exists for sloths (i.e., Choloepus didactylus) from Ecuador. Here we present the first record of mineral licking for C. hoffmanni from a tropical rainforest in Costa Rica. This behavior has been mainly associated with detoxification in herbivores, but no evidence exists for such needs in sloths.

RESUMEN—Hasta la fecha, solo existe un registro del consumo de minerales en perezosos (i.e., Choloepus didactylus) en Ecuador. Aquí presentamos el primer registro del consumo mineral para C. hoffmanni en una selva tropical en Costa Rica. Este comportamiento se ha asociado principalmente con procesos de desintoxicación en herbívoros, pero no existe evidencia de tales necesidades en perezosos.

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