International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 803–816

Reconciliation in three groups of lion-tailed macaques


  • C. Abegg
    • CNRS, URA 1295, Ethologie et NeurobiologieUniversité Louis Pasteur
  • B. Thierry
    • CNRS, URA 1295, Ethologie et NeurobiologieUniversité Louis Pasteur
  • W. Kaumanns
    • Breeding and Husbandry, Deutsches Primatenzentrum

DOI: 10.1007/BF02735265

Cite this article as:
Abegg, C., Thierry, B. & Kaumanns, W. Int J Primatol (1996) 17: 803. doi:10.1007/BF02735265


We studied postconflict behavior in three captive groups of lion-tailed macaques (Macaca silenus). After a conflict, we monitored the aggressee as the focal individual during a 10-min postconflict period and made control observations the following day on the same individual. Selective attraction between former opponents occurred in the first minutes of the postconflict period. The conciliatory tendency was relatively high, about 40%. Although no specific behavior was used to reconcile, postconflict contacts were especially intense and a rich repertoire of affiliative patterns was exihibited. With regard to the rate and form of reconciliation, lion-tailed macaques resemble Sulawesi macaques, which belong to the same phyletic lineage. We also discuss the possible interrelations between conciliatory patterns and other characteristics of social organization.

Key words

Macaca silenusconflictappeasementsocial organizationevolution

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