, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 195-201

Differences in male-female interaction betweenLemur fulvus andL. macaco

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Abstract

Interspecific differences were found betweenLemur fulvus andLemur macaco in heterosexual pair-tests.L. fulvus showed more mutual grooming and were more active in exploration thanL. macaco. The absence of a naked anal region inL. macaco females causes a virtual absence of foreheadmarking on this region by males.L. macaco males have a stronger tendency to mark the body of the female with their anogenital region after a nose-anogenital contact thanL. fulvus, indicating that the behaviour is more ritualized inL. macaco males.