, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 301-305

Mother-daughter dominance reversals in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta)

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The dominance relations in a newly formed group of rhesus monkeys were monitored routinely for eight years, using as an indicator of relative rank the outcome of dyadic aggressive encounters. These compound-living animals exhibited a stable linear dominance order, with male and female juveniles assuming ranks just below their mothers. In contrast to previous observations, each of the nine females whose first-born was a daughter was bypassed in rank by one or more of her daughters in the daughter's menarchal year. These changes in status have remained stable and are considered permanent. A brief description of a typical rank reversal sequence is provided.

This research was supported by NIMH Grant MH-20483 and by PHS Grant RR 00165 from NIH.