Social patterns of food sharing in monogamous owl monkeys

C. K. Wolovich, A. Feged, S. Evans, Steven Green

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-674
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Primatology
Volume68
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006

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Keywords

  • Food sharing
  • Monogamy
  • Pair bond
  • Paternal care

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  • Animal Science and Zoology

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Social patterns of food sharing in monogamous owl monkeys. / Wolovich, C. K.; Feged, A.; Evans, S.; Green, Steven.

In: American Journal of Primatology, Vol. 68, No. 7, 01.07.2006, p. 663-674.

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Wolovich, CK, Feged, A, Evans, S & Green, S 2006, 'Social patterns of food sharing in monogamous owl monkeys', American Journal of Primatology, vol. 68, no. 7, pp. 663-674. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajp.20238
Wolovich, C. K. ; Feged, A. ; Evans, S. ; Green, Steven. / Social patterns of food sharing in monogamous owl monkeys. In: American Journal of Primatology. 2006 ; Vol. 68, No. 7. pp. 663-674.
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