, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 145–150 | Cite as

Grooming in primates: Implications for its utilitarian function

  • Michael Hutchins
  • David P. Barash


Captive lion-tailed macaques, ring-tailed lemurs and Celebes black “apes” performed relatively more social grooming of areas which are inaccessible to self-grooming. Combined with considerable circumstantial evidence, this suggests that primate grooming may subserve real utilitarian functions in parasite removal, in addition to its acknowledged social functions.


Circumstantial Evidence Animal Ecology Social Function Social Grooming Primate Grooming 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Hutchins
    • 1
  • David P. Barash
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Psychology & AnthropologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleU S A
  2. 2.Departments of Psychology & ZoologyUniversity of WashingtonU S A

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