Changes in the dominance rank and reproductive behaviour of male bonnet macaques (Macaca radiata)

Amy Samuels, Joan Silk, Peter S. Rodman

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Abstract

The dominance rank of male bonnet macaques influenced their associations and sexual interactions with cycling and conceiving females. Only high-ranking males formed exclusive associations with high-ranking females, and high-ranking males copulated with these females more often than did other males. Changes in male dominance rank were directly related to changes in male mating behaviour, as males who rose in rank spent increasing amounts of time in exclusive proximity to conceiving high-ranking females, and males whose ranks declined spent decreasing amounts of time in proximity to such females. The year of the study in which dominance relationships were most stable was also the year in which the top-ranking male most successfully monopolized access to conceiving high-ranking females.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)994-1003
Number of pages10
JournalAnimal Behaviour
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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Changes in the dominance rank and reproductive behaviour of male bonnet macaques (Macaca radiata). / Samuels, Amy; Silk, Joan; Rodman, Peter S.

In: Animal Behaviour, Vol. 32, No. 4, 1984, p. 994-1003.

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