Age-related decline in lateralised prey capture success in Garnett's bushbaby (Otolemur garnettii)
We examined differences in prey capture success when reaching for moving prey with the preferred and non-preferred hand (as determined previously using stationary food items) in 12 Garnett's bushbabies (Otolemur garnettii). Hand preference was determined by a test of simple reaching for stationary food items. We assessed both the frequency of hand use and success rates for each hand in capturing live mealworms. We also examined the effect of age on overall prey capture success. Subjects were individually presented with live mealworms in a cup partially filled with a cornmeal medium. The preferred hand was used significantly more often than the non-preferred hand to obtain the moving prey; however, no differences were found in the frequency of usage of the left vs the right hand. Furthermore, there were no differences in the success rates of the left vs the right hand, nor the preferred vs the non-preferred hand. There was a significant negative correlation between age and prey capture success. These data suggest that age, rather than preferred hand, may be the most relevant factor in the bushbabies' prey capture success.
Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain, and Cognition
Hanbury, D. B.,
Edens, K. D.,
Greer, T. F.,
Watson, S. L.
(2012). Age-related decline in lateralised prey capture success in Garnett's bushbaby (Otolemur garnettii). Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain, and Cognition, 17(1), 111-118.
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