Altruism among female Macaca radiata: explanations and analysis of patterns of grooming and coalition formation.

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Abstract

Females groom adult relatives more often and more reciprocally than they groom unrelated females of similar ranks. Females are also more likely to support their relatives than nonrelatives and are likely to incur greater risks when they do so. Grooming and coalition formation do not occur exclusively among kin. Females primarily groom higher ranking females and support unrelated females against females lower ranking than themselves. Although females do not preferentially support unrelated females that are currently grooming them or a female higher ranking than themselves. Thus, by grooming a higher ranking female a female reduces the probability that she will be harassed by other females. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-188
Number of pages27
JournalBehaviour
Volume79
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

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Altruism among female Macaca radiata : explanations and analysis of patterns of grooming and coalition formation. / Silk, Joan.

In: Behaviour, Vol. 79, 1982, p. 162-188.

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