Social patterns of food sharing in monogamous owl monkeys
Version of Record online: 15 MAR 2006
© 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Primatology
Volume 68, Issue 7, pages 663–674, July 2006
How to Cite
Wolovich, C.K., Feged, A., Evans, S. and Green, S.M. (2006), Social patterns of food sharing in monogamous owl monkeys. Am. J. Primatol., 68: 663–674. doi: 10.1002/ajp.20238
- Issue online: 19 JUN 2006
- Version of Record online: 15 MAR 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 SEP 2005
- Manuscript Revised: 18 SEP 2005
- Manuscript Received: 29 MAR 2005
- National Science Foundation
- Department of Biology, University of Miami.
- food sharing;
- pair bond;
- paternal care
Captive owl monkeys (Aotus nancymaae, A. azarai) share food frequently within both families and pairs. In this study food sharing was observed in seven mated pairs and four families (i.e., four mated pairs and their offspring). Patterns of food sharing were examined with respect to age class, sex, and the presence or absence of dependent offspring. Within families, most food transfers were from adult males to developing offspring. Adult males and females transferred food to their mates in caged pairs as well as in family units. Food interactions between adults are as likely to result in food transfers as those between adults and offspring. This pattern of food sharing between mates in a monogamous species may serve both nutritional and social functions that differ from those in polygamous species. Am. J. Primatol. 68:1–12, 2006. © 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.