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Primates

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 357–366 | Cite as

Preliminary observations on the birth and development ofPropithecus verreauxi to the age of six months

  • Alison F. Richard
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Abstract

In this paper, preliminary observations are presented on the ontogency of one of the Malagasy prosimians,Propithecus verreauxi. Observations were carried out in the course of an eighteen-month study of the social organization and ecology of four, free-ranging groups. Parturition is described, together with data on the development of locomotor and feeding behavior, and on the changing nature of the infant's relationship with its mother and with other members of the group. The final section compares the results of this study with those of previous studies ofP. verreauxi and other lemur species. Tentative conclusions are drawn concerning aspects of social ontogeny inP. verreauxi and areas for future research are suggested which would clarify some of the remaining problems.

Keywords

Social Organization Feeding Behavior Final Section Animal Ecology Preliminary Observation 
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© Japan Monkey Centre 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alison F. Richard
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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