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Comparative Analyses of Age- and Sex-Specific Patterns of Vocal Behaviour in Four Species of Old World Monkeys

Hohmann, G (1991) Comparative Analyses of Age- and Sex-Specific Patterns of Vocal Behaviour in Four Species of Old World Monkeys. In: Folia Primatologica, 56 (3). pp. 133-156.

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Sound recordings and behavioural data were collected from four primate species of two genera (Macaca, Presbytis). Comparative analyses of structural and behavioural aspects of vocal communication revealed a high degree of intrageneric similarity but striking intergeneric differences. In the two macaque species (Macaca silenus, Macaca radiata), males and females shared the major part of the repertoire. In contrast, in the two langurs (Presbytis johnii, Presbytis entellus), many calls were exclusive to adult males. Striking differences between both species groups occurred with respect to age-specific patterns of vocal behaviour. The diversity of vocal behaviour was assessed from the number of different calls used and the proportion of each call in relation to total vocal output for a given age/sex class. In Macaca, diversity decreases with the age of the vocalizer, whereas in Presbytis the age of the vocalizer and the diversity of vocal behaviour are positively correlated. A comparison of the data of the two genera does not suggest any causal relationship between group composition (e.g. multi-male vs. one-male group) and communication system. Within each genus, interspecific differences in vocal behaviour can be explained by differences in social behaviour (e.g. group cohesion, intergroup relation, mating behaviour) and functional disparities. Possible factors responsible for the pronounced intergeneric differences in vocal behaviour between Macaca and Presbytis are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Folia Primatologica
Publisher: S. Karger AG
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to S. Karger AG.
Keywords: Vocal communication;Old World monkeys;Macaca radiata; Macaca silenus;Presbytis johnii;Presbytis entellus; Age and sex differences.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Biochemistry
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2010 06:12
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2018 15:04
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/33706

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