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Effects of spatial proximity and alliances on dominance relations among female ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) at Berenty Reserve, Madagascar

  • Masayuki Nakamichi
  • Maria L. O. Rakototiana
  • Naoki Koyama
Short Communication


In the present study, we describe a change in the dominance rank of the top-ranking female in a wild troop of ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) at Berenty Reserve, Madagascar. After the top-ranking female fell to the bottom-ranking position, she was able to outrank a low-ranking female with the support of her adult daughter or an unrelated high-ranking female. These results indicate that, as in cercopithecine monkeys such as macaques and baboons, close proximity and alliances influence dominance relations among adult females in a wild troop of ring-tailed lemurs.

Key Words

Ring-tailed lemur Spatial proximity Alliance Dominance relations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masayuki Nakamichi
    • 1
  • Maria L. O. Rakototiana
    • 2
  • Naoki Koyama
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of Ethological Studies, Faculty of Human SciencesOsaka UniversitySuita, OsakaJapan
  2. 2.Antananarivo UniversityJapan
  3. 3.The Center for African Area StudiesKyoto University, Shimoadachi-choKyotoJapan

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