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Social relations between adult males and females of Japanese monkeys in the arashiyama B troop

  • Yukio Takahata


Some dyads of Japanese monkey adult males and females show remarkable spatial proximity and frequent exchanges of social behaviors. It is suggested that some kind of “affinity” exists between them. Females obtain much unilateral benefit from “proximity effects”; even lowranking females can dominate high-ranking females as long as they stay nearby their “affinitive” males. Males acquire female followers in return. Mating relations and female mother-daughter relations play important roles in forming new “affinitive relations.” Once monkeys have formed “affinitive relations,” however, they seldom mate with each other, as if they were kin-related. Therefore, the acquisition of female followers appears inconsistent with a male's strategy for reproducing many genes in the next generation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yukio Takahata
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Physical Anthropology, Faculty of ScienceKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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