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  • Anna-Aguayo, A.I., Schaffner, C.M., Golubov, J., García-Franco, J. & Martínez, A. J. (2017). Floral display and ecological interactions between Apis mellifera and Lithurgus littoralis in flowers of Opuntia huajuapensis from the Tehuacan desert. Florida Entomologist 100: 396-402.
  • Asensio N., Murillo-Chacon E., Schaffner C.M. & Aureli F. (2017). The effect of roads on spider monkeys’ home range and mobility in a heterogeneous regenerating forest. Biotropica 49: 546–554.
  • Busia L., Schaffner C.M. & Aureli F. (2017). Relationship quality affects fission decisions in wild spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi). Ethology 123: 405-411.
  • Riveros J.C., Schaffner C.M. & Aureli F. (2017). You are not welcome: social exchanges between female spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi). International Journal of Primatology 38: 856-871.
  • Spaan D., Ramos-Fernandez G., Schaffner C.M., Pinacho-Guendulain B. & Aureli F. (2017). How survey design affects monkey counts: A case study on individually recognized spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi). Folia Primatologica 88: 409-420 .


  • Busia, L., Schaffner, C. M. & Aureli, F. (2016). Watch out or relax? The role of conspecifics in vigilance of wild spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi). Behaviour, 153: 107–124.
  • Busia L., Schaffner C.M., Rothman J.M. & Aureli F. (2016). Do fruit nutrients affect subgrouping patterns in wild spider monkeys? International Journal of Primatology 37: 738–751


  • Pablo-Rodriguez, M., Aureli, F., Hernandez-Salazar, L. & Schaffner, C.M. (2015). The role of sucrose and sensory systems in fruit selection and consumption of Ateles. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 31:213-219. doi:10.1017/S0266467415000085
  • Asensio, N., Schaffner, C. M. & Aureli, F. (2015). Quality and overlap of individual core areas are related to community tenure in female spider monkeys. American Journal of Primatology, 77:777-785. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22400


  • Matsumoto, Y., Hiramatsu, C., Matsushita, Y., Ozawa, N., Ashino, R., Nakata, M., Kasagi, S., Di Fiore, A., Schaffner, C. M., Aureli, F., Melin, A. D., & Kawamura, S. (2014). Evolutionary renovation of L/M opsin polymorphism confers a fruit discrimination advantage to ateline New World monkeys. Molecular Ecology, 23, 1799-1812. DOI: 10.1111/mec.12703


  • Aureli, F. & Schaffner, C.M. (2013). Why so complex? Emotional mediation of revenge, forgiveness and reconciliation.Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36, 15-16.
  • Ramos-Fernandez, G., Smith-Aguilar, S. E., Schaffner, C. M., Vick, L. G. & Aureli, F. (2013). Site fidelity in space use by spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) in the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico. PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062813
  • Aureli, F., Di Fiore, A., Murillo-Chacon, E., Kawamura, S. & Schaffner, C.M. (2013). Male philopatry in spider monkeys revisited. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 152, 86-95 [doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22331]
  • Santorelli, C. J., Aureli, F., Ramos-Fernandez, G. & Schaffner, C.M. (2013). Individual variation of whinnies reflects differences in membership between spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) communities. International Journal of Primatology, 34, 1172-1189. DOI 10.1007/s10764-013-9736-2


  • Schaffner, C.M., Slater, K. Y. & Aureli, F. (2012). Variation in male-male social relationships in wild spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi yucatanensis). Primates, 53, 49-56.
  • Asensio, N., Schaffner, C.M. & Aureli, F. (2012). Variability in core areas of spider monkeys in a regenerating forest: implications for conservation. Primates, 53, 147-156.
  • Asensio, N.; Lusseau, D., Schaffner, C.M. & Aureli, F. (2012). Spider monkeys use high-quality core areas in a tropical dry forest. Journal of Zoology287, 250-258. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2012.00911.x
  • Schaffner, C.M., Rebecchini, L., Aureli, F., Ramos-Fernandez, G., & Vick, L.G. (2012). Spider monkeys cope with the negative consequences of hurricanes through changes in diet, activity budget and fission-fusion dynamics. International Journal of Primatology, 33, 922-936. DOI: 10.1007/s10764-01209621-436.
  • Aureli, F., Schaffner, C.M., Asensio, N. & Lusseau, D. (2012). What is a subgroup? How socioecological factors influence inter-individual distance. Behavioral Ecology, 23(6), 1308-1315 doi:10.1093/beheco/ars122


  • Santorelli, C., Schaffner, C. M., Aureli, F., Campbell, C., Notman, H., Pavelka, M., Weghorst, J. A. & Aureli, F. (2011).  Behavioural traditions in wild spider monkeys. PLoS ONE 6(2), e16863. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016863
  • Santorelli, C. S., Schaffner, C.M. & Aureli F. (2011). Universal behaviours as traditions in wild spider monkeys. PLoS ONE 6(9): e24400. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0024400
  • Sueur, C., King, A., Conradt, L., Kerth, G., Lusseau, D., Mettke-Hofmann, C., Schaffner, C. M., Williams, L., Zinner, D., & Aureli, F. (2011). Collective decision-making and fission-fusion dynamics: A conceptual framework. Oikos120, 1608-1617. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.19685.x Impact factor 3.147
  • Rebecchini, L., Schaffner, C.M. & Aureli, F. (2011). Risk and compatibility are components in wild spider monkeys. Ethology, 117, 691-699. DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.2011.01923.x


  • Aureli, F. & Schaffner, C. M. (2010). Quick guide: Spider monkeys. Current Biology, 20, R624-R626.
  • Hiwatashi, T., Okabe, Y., Tsutsui, T., Hiramatsu, C,, Melin, AD.,  Oota, H., Schaffner, C.M., Aureli, F., Fedigan, L.M., Innan, I. & Kawamura, S. (2010). An explicit signature of balancing selection for color vision variation in New World monkeys.  Molecular Biology and Evolution, 2, 453-446.


  • Slater, K.Y., Schaffner, C.M. & Aureli, F. (2009). Sex differences in the social behaviour of wild spider monkeys. American Journal of Primatology, 71, 21-29.
  • Davis, N., Schaffner, C.M. & Wehnelt, S. (2009). Patterns of aggression in zoo-housed spider monkeys: A problem with males? Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 116, 250-259.
  • Hiramatsu, C, Melin, A.D., Aureli, F., Schaffner, C.M., Vorobyev, M., & Kawamura, S. (2009). Interplay of olfaction and vision in fruit foraging of spider monkeys. Animal Behaviour, 77, 1421-1426. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2009.02.012


  • Asensio, N., Korstjens, A.H, Schaffner, C.M. & Aureli, F. (2008). Intragroup aggression, feeding competition and fission-fusion sociality in spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi). Behaviour, 145, 983-1001.
  • Aureli F., Schaffner C.M., Boesch C., Bearder S.K., Call J., Chapman C.A., Connor R., Di Fiore A., Dunbar R. I. M., Henzi S.P., Holekamp K., Korstjens A.H., Layton R., Lee P., Lehmann J., Manson J.H., Ramos-Fernández G., Strier K.B., and van Schaik C.P. (2008). Fission-fusion dynamics: New research frameworks.  Current Anthropology, 49, 627-655.
  • Slater K.Y., Schaffner C.M. & Aureli F. (2008). Female-directed male aggression in wild spider monkeys (Ateles geofforyi yucatanensis). International Journal of Primatology, 29, 1657-1669.
  • Hiramatsu, C, Melin, A.D., Aureli, F., Schaffner, C.M., Vorobyev, M., Matsumoto, Y. & Kawamura, S. (2008). Importance of achromatic contrast in short-range fruit foraging of primates. PLOSone.



  • Aureli F., Fraser O.N., Schaffner C.M. and Schino G. (2012). The regulation of social relationships. In Evolution of Primate Societies (Eds. J. Mitani, J. Call, P. Kappeler, R. Palombit, J. Silk), University of Chicago Press, pp 531-551.
  • Kawamura S., Hiramatsu C., Melin A.D., Schaffner C.M., Aureli F. and Fedigan L.M. (2012). Polymorphic color vision in primates: evolutionary considerations. In Post-Genome Biology of Primates, (Eds. H. Hirai, H. Imai, Y. Go) Springer, pp. 93-120.
  • Melin A.D., Hiramatsu C., Fedigan L.M., Schaffner C.M., Aureli F. and Kawamura S. (2012). The evolution and utility of primate color vision: Overview and case studies from two sympatric Costa Rican monkeys. In Evolutionary Biology: 15th Meeting 2011 (Ed. P. Pontarotti), Springer.


  • Ramos-Fernandez G., García-Frapolli G., Aureli F., Bonilla-Moheno M., Schaffner C.M., & Vick, L.G. (2011). El vínculo entre investigación y conservación del mono araña en Punta Laguna, Yucatán. In: La Conservación de los Primates en México, (Eds. P. Américo D. Dias, A. Rangel Negrín, & D. Canales Espinosa). Xalapa, Veracruz: Consejo Veracruzano de Investigación Cientifica y Desarrollo Tecnológico, pp. 108-122.


  • Aureli, F. & Schaffner, C. M. (2008). Spider monkeys: Social structure, social relationships and social interactions: In: Spider monkeys: Behavior ecology & evolution of the genus Ateles (Ed. C. Campbell). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 236-265.

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