The social relationships of twin common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) and their breeding success
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In a series of five experiments, female/female twin and male/male twin common marmosets were observed in each of the following social situations: as offspring in their respective family groups; housed together as twins; in competition for a mate and in the heterosexual pairs resulting from this competition. Quantitative records were made of their behaviour. These were then related to winning or losing the competition for a mate. Individuals who demonstrated more “assertive” behaviour and won the competition (winners) were not in every experiment faster to produce and rear offspring than were the less “assertive” animals (losers). Categories of behaviour described as “assertive” predicted the outcome of the competition in most cases, but were not good indicators of future breeding potential.
KeywordsSocial Relationship Animal Ecology Social Situation Breeding Success Family Group
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