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Genital signalling and the coexistence of male vervet monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops pygerythrus).

Authors
  • Henzi, S P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Folia primatologica; international journal of primatology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1985
Volume
45
Issue
3-4
Pages
129–147
Identifiers
PMID: 3833622
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

To ascertain the social significance of male genital colouration two troops of vervets, one free-ranging and one caged, were observed. It was found that genital signals were associated with intermale agonism. It is suggested that this communicatory system regulates the behaviour of competitors and may thereby have facilitated the evolution of a multimale social system.

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