Multiple sirehood in free-ranging twin rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)
Article first published online: 19 APR 2002
Copyright © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Primatology
Volume 57, Issue 1, pages 31–34, May 2002
How to Cite
Bercovitch, F. B., Widdig, A., Berard, J. D., Nürnberg, P., Kessler, M. J., Schmidtke, J., Trefilov, A. and Krawczak, M. (2002), Multiple sirehood in free-ranging twin rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). Am. J. Primatol., 57: 31–34. doi: 10.1002/ajp.1085
- Issue published online: 19 APR 2002
- Article first published online: 19 APR 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 31 JAN 2002
- Manuscript Received: 30 JUL 2001
- H.F. Guggenheim Foundation
- rhesus macaques;
- STR marker typing
Rhesus macaque females regularly copulate with a number of partners, and produce a single offspring per reproductive cycle in over 99% of cases. We used genotyping of 10 STR markers to determine paternity in the Cayo Santiago population of rhesus macaques. About 1,500 monkeys have been analyzed to date, with their marker genotypes entered into a computerized database. These data enable us to report the first documented case in any cercopithecine nonhuman primate species of the production of twin offspring sired by different males. Am. J. Primatol. 57:31–34, 2002. © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.