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Folia Primatol (Basel). 1987;48(3-4):125-36.

Breeding season influxes and the behaviour of adult male samango monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis albogularis).

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Psychology Department, University of Natal, Durban, Republic of South Africa.


Troops comprising a high density population of samango monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis) in Natal province, South Africa, experienced an influx of adult males during the breeding season. Observation of one troop revealed that these males competed with one another and with two resident males for access to receptive females. Although both sexes initiated copulation, attempts to do so were more often successful if female-initiated. Males did not interact with non-receptive females and there were no recorded attempts at infanticide. Male-male interactions were agonistic in the presence of receptive females and neutral at other times. No ritualized displays of dominance and subordinance were seen. The significance of these observations for male reproductive strategies is discussed.

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