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Year : 1992  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-27

Hierarchy,kinship and social interaction among japanese monkeys (Macaca fuscata).

Bio-Psychology Laboratory, Department of Psychology, Manasagangothri, University of Mysore,Mysore-570006, India

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M Singh
Bio-Psychology Laboratory, Department of Psychology, Manasagangothri, University of Mysore,Mysore-570006
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ABSTRACT: The study reports the relationship between hierarchy, genetic relatedness and social interaction in captive japanese macaques. Grooming and proximity were found to be positively related to both dominance rank and degrees of relatedness. Ranks also positively correlated with threats while no relationship was observed between genetic relationships and agonistic interactions. The removal of alpha-male tightened the male hierarchy while the female hierarchy became relatively loose. Afflictive behaviour became more correlated with ranks than degrees of genetic relatedness. In the absence of alpha-male the next dominant male avoided involvement in either agonistic or affiliative interactions with reintroduced animals and group females.

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