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Responses to animal stimulus photographs in stumptailed macaques (Macaca arctoides)

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Interest in their animate environment was studied in a captive group of 11 stumptailed macaques (Macaca arctoides). Subjects were shown projected photographic slides, most of which showed a single individual primate or non-primate. The measure of interest was the duration of viewing. Results showed that adult females exhibited more interest towards stumptailed macaques versus other macaques species, and towards adult females carrying infants versus adult females alone. Data concerning non-primates showed that subjects were especially interested by photographs of felids; this effect was partly due to the presence of two frontal and conspicuous eyes in felids.

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Demaria, C., Thierry, B. Responses to animal stimulus photographs in stumptailed macaques (Macaca arctoides). Primates 29, 237–244 (1988).

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