Primates

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 143–145

Observed case of maternal infanticide in a wild group of black-fronted titi monkeys (Callicebus nigrifrons)

  • Cristiane Cäsar
  • Eduardo Silva Franco
  • Gabriela de Castro Nogueira Soares
  • Robert John Young
Short communication

DOI: 10.1007/s10329-007-0067-9

Cite this article as:
Cäsar, C., Franco, E.S., de Castro Nogueira Soares, G. et al. Primates (2008) 49: 143. doi:10.1007/s10329-007-0067-9

Abstract

A maternal infanticide was observed in a group of unprovisioned wild black-fronted titi monkeys (Callicebus nigrifrons). An approximately 3-day-old male infant was killed by his mother. A post-mortem revealed the infant to be clinically healthy. We considered various hypotheses to explain why this behavior occurred (e.g., reproductive advantage, stress, nutritional, infant viability and population density). It is noteworthy that the mother and not the father killed the infant, since in this species the father provides considerable infant care from a few hours after birth.

Keywords

Black fronted-titi monkeyCallicebus nigrifronsMaternal infanticidePost-mortem

Copyright information

© Japan Monkey Centre and Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristiane Cäsar
    • 1
  • Eduardo Silva Franco
    • 1
  • Gabriela de Castro Nogueira Soares
    • 1
  • Robert John Young
    • 1
  1. 1.Conservation, Ecology and Animal Behaviour Group, Prédio 41, Mestrado em ZoologiaPontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil