Short Communication


, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 331-340

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Effects of spatial proximity and alliances on dominance relations among female ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) at Berenty Reserve, Madagascar

  • Masayuki NakamichiAffiliated withLaboratory of Ethological Studies, Faculty of Human Sciences, Osaka University
  • , Maria L. O. RakototianaAffiliated withAntananarivo University
  • , Naoki KoyamaAffiliated withThe Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Shimoadachi-cho

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In the present study, we describe a change in the dominance rank of the top-ranking female in a wild troop of ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) at Berenty Reserve, Madagascar. After the top-ranking female fell to the bottom-ranking position, she was able to outrank a low-ranking female with the support of her adult daughter or an unrelated high-ranking female. These results indicate that, as in cercopithecine monkeys such as macaques and baboons, close proximity and alliances influence dominance relations among adult females in a wild troop of ring-tailed lemurs.

Key Words

Ring-tailed lemur Spatial proximity Alliance Dominance relations