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Title: Differential effects of ambient temperature and humidity on allogrooming, self-grooming, and scratching in wild Japanese macaques
Authors: Ventura, Raffaella
Majolo, Bonaventura
Schino, Gabriele
Hardie, Scott M.
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Allogrooming
Ambient temperature
Relative humidity
Macaca fuscata
Issue Date: Apr-2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)John Wiley & Sons, available from DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.20125. The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Citation: Ventura, R., et al. 2005. Differential effects of ambient temperature and humidity on allogrooming, self-grooming, and scratching in wild Japanese macaques. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 126(4): pp.453-457. Available from: DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.20125
Abstract: This study presents data on the effects of variations in ambient temperature and humidity on behaviors related to the care of the pelage (allogrooming, self-grooming, and scratching) in wild Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata yakui). The amount of time monkeys spent allogrooming was essentially unaffected by variations in ambient temperature and relative humidity. Frequency of scratching and, to a lesser extent, time spent self-grooming significantly increased when ambient temperature and/or relative humidity increased. These results are interpreted in relation to the differences in ultimate function that exist between allogrooming (with both hygienic and social functions) and self-grooming and scratching (with a solely hygienic function).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/349
ISSN: 0002-9483
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