Intragroup lethal aggression in wild spider monkeys

Alejandra Valero, Colleen M. Schaffner, Laura G. Vick, Filippo Aureli, Gabriel Ramos-Fernandez

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Abstract

We report the first evidence of intragroup coalitionary aggression leading to the death of a wild young adult male spider monkey. During a long-term study of a well-habituated community at the Otoch Ma'ax Yetel Kooh reserve in Yucatan, Mexico, a young adult male sustained severe injuries repeatedly between January and March 2002. On 1 April 2002 the same male was the victim of an intragroup attack by at least one adult male that resulted in his death. We highlight several causes of intragroup, aggression that may account for the killing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)732-737
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Primatology
Volume68
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006

Keywords

  • aggression
  • coalitions
  • intragroup killing
  • male-male competition
  • spider monkeys
  • ADULT MALE CHIMPANZEE
  • NATIONAL-PARK
  • COMPETITION
  • MEMBER

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