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Am J Primatol. 2000 Feb;50(2):153-7.

Infanticide in a group of wild saddle-back tamarins, Saguinus fuscicollis.

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Abteilung Verhaltensforschung & Okologie, Deutsches Primatenzentrum, Göttingen, Germany.

Abstract

An infanticide was observed in a group of wild saddle-back tamarins, Saguinus fuscicollis. The newborn singleton was killed by its mother after it had fallen from the carrier several times. This infanticide may represent a case of parental manipulation: the mother terminated investment in an offspring that probably had a low chance of survival. Also, stress associated with the simultaneous pregnancy of another adult female in the group may have played a role.

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