Primates

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 369–374

Black lemur (Lemur macaco) hand preference in food reaching

  • Chris Forsythe
  • Jeannette P. Ward
Article

Abstract

The present study assessed the hand preferences exhibited by 33 black lemurs during routine feeding. Individual animals displayed hand preferences that were consistent across observations separated by as much as seven months. Within this population, 20 were left hand preferent, 12 right preferent, and 1 was ambidextrous. Correlational analysis of age and percentage left hand use indicated an inverse relationship in which younger animals tended towards the preferential use of the left hand and older animals the preferential use of the right hand. Similar analysis found no relationship between either sex and hand preference or familial relationship and hand preference. The skewed distribution of age in this sample renders tentative conclusions regarding age-related variations in hand preference. It is suggested that if the hand preferences of the black lemur are not age-related, then this species may be characterized as having a bias towards the preferential use of the left hand for food reaching.

Key Words

Lemur macaco Hand preference Food reaching Laterality Black lemur 

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© Japan Monkey Centre 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chris Forsythe
    • 1
  • Jeannette P. Ward
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMemphis State UniversityMemphisU.S.A.

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