International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 803–816

Reconciliation in three groups of lion-tailed macaques

  • C. Abegg
  • B. Thierry
  • W. Kaumanns
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Abstract

We studied postconflict behavior in three captive groups of lion-tailed macaques (Macaca silenus). After a conflict, we monitored the aggressee as the focal individual during a 10-min postconflict period and made control observations the following day on the same individual. Selective attraction between former opponents occurred in the first minutes of the postconflict period. The conciliatory tendency was relatively high, about 40%. Although no specific behavior was used to reconcile, postconflict contacts were especially intense and a rich repertoire of affiliative patterns was exihibited. With regard to the rate and form of reconciliation, lion-tailed macaques resemble Sulawesi macaques, which belong to the same phyletic lineage. We also discuss the possible interrelations between conciliatory patterns and other characteristics of social organization.

Key words

Macaca silenus conflict appeasement social organization evolution 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Abegg
    • 1
  • B. Thierry
    • 1
  • W. Kaumanns
    • 2
  1. 1.CNRS, URA 1295, Ethologie et NeurobiologieUniversité Louis PasteurStrasbourgFrance
  2. 2.Breeding and Husbandry, Deutsches PrimatenzentrumGóttingenGermany
  3. 3.Laboratoire d’Ethologie et NeurobiologieUniversité Louis PasteurStrasbourgFrance

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