, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 13–24

Social organization of gelada baboons: Social units and definitions


  • M. Kawai
    • Primate Research InstituteKyoto University
  • H. Ohsawa
    • Primate Research InstituteKyoto University
  • U. Mori
    • Primate Research InstituteKyoto University
  • R. Dunbar
    • Department of Zoology, Sub-department of Animal BehaviourUniversity of Cambridge

DOI: 10.1007/BF02381450

Cite this article as:
Kawai, M., Ohsawa, H., Mori, U. et al. Primates (1983) 24: 13. doi:10.1007/BF02381450


This paper aims to clarify terminological differences that have arisen between two different field studies of gelada baboons (Theropithecus gelada). First, a comparison of age classifications is made to show the physical correspondences between the two sets of classes. Second, the social system of the gelada baboon is outlined and the terms used to refer to the components of this system are defined and clarified. Attention is drawn to the complex structure of gelada society and to the relationship between the superficially similar social systems of the gelada and the hamadryas baboon.

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© Japan Monkey Centre 1983