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Acceptance of Five Common Sugars by Squirrel Monkeys (Saimiri sciureus) in Two-Bottle Drinking Preference Tests

William R. Clark and Arthur E. Harriman
The American Midland Naturalist
Vol. 81, No. 1 (Jan., 1969), pp. 253-258
DOI: 10.2307/2423670
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2423670
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Acceptance of Five Common Sugars by Squirrel Monkeys (Saimiri sciureus) in Two-Bottle Drinking Preference Tests
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Abstract

Two-bottle, 48-hour drinking preference tests were conducted with 13 adult squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus) in which concentrations of five sugars (fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, and sucrose) were randomly paired with distilled water. The animals indifferently preferred the sugars over water at low concentrations. At intermediate concentrations, significant preferences were shown for fructose, glucose, and sucrose but not for lactose and maltose. At high concentrations, the animals exhibited decrements in preference for fructose, glucose, and sucrose and rejected lactose and maltose. Trend analysis showed significant quadratic and linear trends for the sugars over the range of concentrations used. Comparison of the findings with other studies testing sugar preference in mammals indicated significant similarity among species with respect to mean preferences for common sugars.

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