Grooming in Barbary macaques: better to give than to receive?

2007 | journal article

Jump to:Cite & Linked | Documents & Media | Details | Version history

Cite this publication

​Grooming in Barbary macaques: better to give than to receive?​
Shutt, K.; MacLarnon, A.; Heistermann, M. & Semple, S.​ (2007) 
Biology Letters3(3) pp. 231​-233​.​ DOI: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2007.0052 

Documents & Media

License

GRO License GRO License

Details

Authors
Shutt, Kathryn; MacLarnon, Ann; Heistermann, Michael; Semple, Stuart
Abstract
It is well established that grooming underpins sociality in group-living primates, and a number of studies have documented the stress-reducing effects of being groomed. In this study, we quantified grooming behaviour and physiological stress (assessed by faecal glucocorticoid analysis) in free-ranging Barbary macaques, Macaca sylvanus . Our results indicate that it is the giving rather than the receiving of grooming that is associated with lower stress levels. These findings shed important new light on the benefits of this key behaviour in primate social life.
Issue Date
2007
Journal
Biology Letters 
Organization
Deutsches Primatenzentrum 
ISSN
1744-9561
eISSN
1744-957X
Language
English

Reference

Citations


Social Media