Availability of spider monkey food items from tree species in La Chonta, November 2003–October 2004 (31 tree species included; see Methods for index score explanation). All food from trees, excluding figs, includes edible flowers and ripe and unripe fruit. The gray arrow indicates period of asynchronicity in availability of ripe figs versus ripe nonfig fruit. Lines under graph indicate periods of ripe nonfig fruit scarcity when ripe figs were also scarce.
The seasonal changes in food availability from November 2003 to
October 2004 are in Fig. 3 .
In early February we detected a paucity in fruit abundance
(Fig. 3 ).
Unripe figs (Fig. 3 ) and edible unripe non-fig fruit were
also available continuously throughout the year. .
Species of Ficus periodically provided ripe fruit when
other trees did not (Fig. 3 ).
However, during the 2 dips in general tree fruit availability, ripe
fig availability also declined (Fig. 3 ).
During such periods, unripe fig crops are available (Fig. 3 )
because an individual tree’s crop stays unripe for 3–4 times as
long as it stays ripe (Norconk et al .
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