, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 195–201 | Cite as

Differences in male-female interaction betweenLemur fulvus andL. macaco

  • L. Koenders
  • Y. Rumpler
  • P. Ropartz


Interspecific differences were found betweenLemur fulvus andLemur macaco in heterosexual pair-tests.L. fulvus showed more mutual grooming and were more active in exploration thanL. macaco. The absence of a naked anal region inL. macaco females causes a virtual absence of foreheadmarking on this region by males.L. macaco males have a stronger tendency to mark the body of the female with their anogenital region after a nose-anogenital contact thanL. fulvus, indicating that the behaviour is more ritualized inL. macaco males.

Key Words

Lemur behaviour Interspecific differences Marking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Koenders
    • 1
  • Y. Rumpler
    • 1
  • P. Ropartz
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculté de MédecineInstitut d'EmbryologieStrasbourg, CédexFrance
  2. 2.Faculté des SciencesLaboratoire de PsychophysiologieSirabourg, CédexFrance

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