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Vol. 54, No. 3-4, 1990
Issue release date: 1990
Folia Primatol 1990;54:171–176
(DOI:10.1159/000156441)

Infanticide in Wedge-Capped Capuchin Monkeys, Cebus olivaceus

Valderrama X. · Srikosamatara S. · Robinson J.G.
Department of Wildlife and Range Sciences, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., USA

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Abstract

Three cases of infanticide are reported from a well-studied population of wedge-capped capuchin monkeys, Cebus olivaceus, located in the Venezuelan llanos. For each case, we examined the social context and the consequences to the reproductive success of the infanticidal male. In 1 case, the male probably killed his own son. In 2 cases, the male killed an unrelated animal. In all 3 cases, the female conceived in the following breeding season, but in only 1 case did the infanticidal male possibly enhance his own reproductive success. These data are interpreted in the light of current hypotheses for infanticide.



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