IMMEDIATE EFFECTS OF ALLOGROOMING IN ADULT STUMP-TAILED MACAQUES MACACA ARCTOIDES by C. GOOSEN1) (Primate Centre TNO, Rijswijk (Z.H.), The Netherlands) (With 5 Figures) (Rec. 4-XII-1972) INTRODUCTION Grooming behaviour is a very wide spread phenomenon in many monkey species, during which the animals behave as if they are carefully searching through the fur and scrutinizing the skin. Because the monkeys may groom another animal as well as themselves, the first type of behaviour is called allogrooming and the latter is referred to as autogrooming (SPARKS, 1967). Allogrooming behaviour is generally assumed to serve primarily a social function (SPARKS, loco cit.) and both in the wild and in captivity the monkeys devote much time to this interaction. For example, the members of a small group of adult Stump-tailed Macaques (Macaca arctoides, I male and 3 females) housed in an indoor observation enclosure (5 X 6 X 2 m), spent, on the average of 24 observation periods of 50 min each, 78% of their time in close proximity to one another (within 30 cm). During 82% of this time the animals were involved in allogrooming interactions (per- sonal observations). The purpose of this paper is to experimentally test the hypothesis that
Behaviour – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1974
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