Infant mortality risk and paternity certainty are associated with postnatal maternal behavior toward adult male mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei)

Stacy Rosenbaum, Jean Paul Hirwa, Joan Silk, Linda Vigilant, Tara S. Stoinski

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Abstract

Sexually selected infanticide is an important source of infant mortality in many mammalian species. In species with long-term male-female associations, females may benefit from male protection against infanticidal outsiders. We tested whether mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) mothers in single and multi-male groups monitored by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund's Karisoke Research Center actively facilitated interactions between their infants and a potentially protective male. We also evaluated the criteria mothers in multimale groups used to choose a preferred male social partner. In single male groups, where infanticide risk and paternity certainty are high, females with infants

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0147441
JournalPLoS One
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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