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Vol. 70, No. 2, 1999
Issue release date: March–April 1999
Section title: Reviewed Article
Folia Primatol 1999;70:79–96
(DOI:10.1159/000021679)

Social Structure and Seasonal Variation in the Behaviour of Eulemur mongoz

Curtis D.J. · Zaramody A.
aAnthropological Institute, University Zürich-Irchel, Zürich, Switzerland; bDépartement des Sciences de la Terre, Université de Mahajanga, Madagascar

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Abstract of Reviewed Article

Published online: 3/18/1999
Issue release date: March–April 1999

Number of Print Pages: 18
Number of Figures: 8
Number of Tables: 4

ISSN: 0015-5713 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9980 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FPR

Abstract

Data presented here were collected during a 10-month study carried out on the mongoose lemur, Eulemur mongoz, at Anjamena in northwestern Madagascar. Baseline information is provided on behaviour and assessed for seasonal variation. Given the highly seasonal nature of the environment, remarkably little behavioural variation was observed. This may be directly linked to the cathemeral activity pattern, where differential movement into either the diurnal or the nocturnal ‘niche’ could reduce the effect of selective seasonal pressures, thus reducing behavioural and ecological adaptation to seasonal variation. The behavioural mechanisms of reinforcement of the pair bond through close proximity, mutual anogenital marking, paternal participation in the care of offspring and territoriality are all in accord with the general characteristics of monogamy in primates. The feature of mate monopolization by males, proposed as typical of monogamous social systems, seems to be more attributable to females in E. mongoz, as only they exhibit high levels of intrasexual aggression. Female dominance, characteristic of most species of lemur, may thus include more than just female feeding priority in E. mongoz.


  

Author Contacts

Deborah J. Curtis
Anthropological Institute, University Zürich-Irchel
Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH–8057 Zürich (Switzerland)
Tel. +41 1 635 54 10, Fax +41 1 635 68 04
E-Mail djc@aim.unizh.ch

  

Article Information

Received: Received: September 11, 1997
Accepted after revision: July 14, 1998
Number of Print Pages : 18
Number of Figures : 8, Number of Tables : 4, Number of References : 54

  

Publication Details

Folia Primatologica (International Journal of Primatology)
Founded in 1963 by J. Biegert, H. Hofer, A.H. Schultz and D. Starck; Continued 1975 by J. Biegert (1975–1986), R.D. Martin (1987–1994)
Official Journal of the European Federation for Primatology

Vol. 70, No. 2, Year 1999 (Cover Date: March-April 1999)

Journal Editor: R.H. Crompton, Liverpool
ISSN: 0015–5713 (print), 1421–9980 (Online)

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Reviewed Article

Published online: 3/18/1999
Issue release date: March–April 1999

Number of Print Pages: 18
Number of Figures: 8
Number of Tables: 4

ISSN: 0015-5713 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9980 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FPR


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