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Primate Mating Systems and Their Consequences for Captive Management

  • Ronald L. Tilson
Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)


Excluding Homo sapiens, the living primates account for about 182 species (after Napier and Napier, 1967; Kavanagh, 1983). They are confined to tropical and subtropical forests and savannas of Africa, Asia, and America; they live as solitary individuals or in social groups; and they employ a variety of mating strategies, each a product of selection that maximizes reproductive success. However, the mating relationship yielding maximal success is not necessarily the same for both sexes. In many species, males attempt to fertilize as many females as possible while females try to monopolize the male and the resources he can contribute to her reproductive effort. The result is often a fundamental conflict of interests (Wittenberger, 1981).


Mating System Parental Investment Hanuman Langur Leaf Monkey Patas Monkey 
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