Mother-infant relationships in bonnet macaques: Sources of variation in proximity

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Family composition is an important predictor of variation in proximity among captive bonnet macaque (Macaca radiata) mothers and their infants. Infants that have several immature sisters in the group are initially more independent that infants with fewer sisters, but as they reach 6 months of age infants with several sisters become less independent than their peers. The effects of the presence of juvenile females on the relative independence of their infant siblings seem to be related to the fact that the members of families with several immature females are the targets of more aggression than are the members of other families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-38
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Primatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Macaca radiata
  • kinship
  • maternal behavior
  • mother-infant relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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