, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 95-98

Grooming and touching behaviour in captive ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta L.)

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Abstract

The distribution of grooming and touching behaviours was recorded in a group of captive ring-tailed lemurs. Grooming was found to be performed chiefly by older, higher ranking animals; touching (i.e., “reach out and touch” behaviour) was directed primarily by younger, low ranking animals to older, high ranking individuals. It is suggested that such touching is a submissive gesture in this species.