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Contingency and context in the relationships of female vervet monkeys

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dc.contributor.advisor Henzi, S. Peter
dc.contributor.author Forshaw, Nicola L
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-06T22:22:17Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-06T22:22:17Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/3215
dc.description xiii, 162 leaves : ill., maps ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract This study explored the organizing principles of female sociality in free-ranging vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops) inhabiting the Klein Karoo, South Africa. Females groomed more than males, grooming peaked at the end of the day and less grooming occurred during the mating season. Although females competed over food, they did not compete over grooming partners, rarely formed coalitions and did not trade grooming against other activities. Instead, they maintained grooming whilst trading between feeding and resting and feeding and moving. Despite seasonal shifts in food competition, grooming was not traded for tolerance and there was an upper limit to cohort size before clique size declined. Inter-population comparisons revealed no troop size effects on clique size, aggression and competition over high-ranking grooming partners. The rarity of coalitions suggests coalitions are unlikely to be a central component of female relationships. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Psychology, c2011 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Cercopithecus aethiops -- Behavior -- South Africa -- Samara Game Reserve en_US
dc.subject Social behavior in animals -- Research -- South Africa -- Samara Game Reserve en_US
dc.subject Grooming behavior -- Research -- South Africa -- Samara Game Reserve en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Contingency and context in the relationships of female vervet monkeys en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Psychology en_US

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