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Social patterns of food sharing in monogamous owl monkeys.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16541439     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
C K Wolovich; A Feged; S Evans; S M Green
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of primatology     Volume:  68     ISSN:  0275-2565     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Primatol.     Publication Date:  2006 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-26     Completed Date:  2006-08-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108949     Medline TA:  Am J Primatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  663-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
(c) 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Department of Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aotidae / physiology*
Cooperative Behavior*
Family Relations
Feeding Behavior*
Pair Bond*

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