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Food Preferences of Kinkajous (Potos flaws): A Frugivorous Carnivore

Roland W. Kays
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1383303 589-599 First published online: 20 May 1999


The diet of the kinkajou (Potos flavus) is described from analyses of feces and observations of habituated individuals. Ripe fruit was the primary food comprising 90.6% of feeding bouts and present in 99% of feces. Leaves and flowers made up <10% of the diet. No animal prey was eaten. Seventy-eight species of fruit from 29 families were detected. Moraceae was the main plant family in the diet and Ficus was the most important plant genus. Kinkajous preferentially fed in large fruit patches. Selection indices were calculated for 37 fruit species. Compared with other large mammalian frugivores in central Panama the diet of kinkajous is most similar to the spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi).

Key words
  • Potos flavus
  • kinkajou
  • frugivore
  • fruit
  • arboreal
  • canopy
  • diet
  • Ficus
  • Panama