Reproductive synchrony in captive macaques

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Captive bonnet macaques housed at the California Primate Research Center reproduce seasonally. The chances of producing surviving infants were substantially reduced among females who conceived at the peak of the mating season compared with females whose conceptions were more isolated in time. Primiparous females and low ranking females were most consistently affected by the extent of reproductive synchrony. Behavioral data suggest that harassment of conceiving and pregnant females may have contributed to the correlation between the extent of reproductive synchrony and infant mortality as the levels of aggression toward females were highest during the months in which conceptions were most common.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-146
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Primatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • Macaca radiata
  • reproductive seasonality
  • seasonal reproduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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