Agonistic strategies and spatial distribution in captive sooty mangabeys (Cercocebus atys)

Ruth Dolado, Ignacio Cifre, Francesc S. Beltran

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The aim of this article is to study the relationship between the dominance hierarchy and the spatial distribution of a group of captive sooty mangabeys (Cercocebus atys). The analysis of the spatial distribution of individuals in relation to their rank in the dominance hierarchy showed a clear linear hierarchy in which the dominant individual was located in central positions with regard to the rest of the group members. The large open enclosure where the group was living allowed them to adopt a high-risk agonistic strategy in which individuals attacked other individuals whose rank was significantly different from their own. The comparison of the results with a previous study of mangabeys showed that, although the dominance ranks of both groups were similar, the fact that they lived in facilities with different layouts caused different agonistic strategies to emerge and allowed the dominant individual to assume different spatial locations.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)593-606
Nombre de pàgines14
RevistaPsychological Reports
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - d’abr. 2013


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