Female sooty mangabeys (Cercocebus torquatus atys) respond differently to males depending on the male's residence status–preliminary data
Version of Record online: 15 APR 2005
© 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Primatology
Volume 65, Issue 4, pages 327–333, April 2005
How to Cite
Range, F. (2005), Female sooty mangabeys (Cercocebus torquatus atys) respond differently to males depending on the male's residence status–preliminary data. Am. J. Primatol., 65: 327–333. doi: 10.1002/ajp.20119
- Issue online: 15 APR 2005
- Version of Record online: 15 APR 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 OCT 2004
- Manuscript Revised: 6 OCT 2004
- Manuscript Received: 4 APR 2004
- DAAD Doktorandenstipendium im Rahmen des gemeinsamen Hochschulsonderprogramms III von Bund und Laendern
- group membership;
- playback experiments
I tested the hypothesis that free-ranging female mangabeys (Cercocebus torquatus atys) differentiate between males depending on their residence status. Adult males in this species employ two group-membership strategies: they are either full-time residents or part-time residents (i.e., present for several weeks at a time, then gone for several weeks, then present again, etc.). In a playback experiment I tested whether adult females with young infants responded differently to calls of adult males that were group members during the previous mating season as compared to males that belonged to neighboring groups during the mating season or were complete strangers. Males whose calls were played were present residents, part-time residents (absent for at least 3 months), neighbors, or complete strangers. Because infanticide is a potential risk in mangabeys, I predicted that females would respond differently to males that had resided in the group when their infant was conceived than they would to those that had not been present. The females showed a clear difference in their reaction to the playbacks of vocalizations from resident and part-time resident males as opposed to nonresidents. Am. J. Primatol. 65:327–333, 2005. © 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.