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An observation of intergroup infanticide in grey-cheeked mangabeys (Lophocebus albigena)

In: Behaviour
Author: Michelle Brown1,2,3
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  • 1 Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • | 2 Department for the Ecology of Animal Societies, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Konstanz, Germany
  • | 3 Department of Biology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
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Abstract

In primates, infanticide is occasionally observed during intergroup conflicts but does not fit the predictions of the sexual selection hypothesis. I report an observation of an intergroup infanticide during a sub-group foray in grey-cheeked mangabeys (Lophocebus albigena) at the Ngogo site in Kibale National Park, Uganda. Intergroup infanticide appears to be a form of extreme and long-term food defence across primate species, and occurs in conjunction with other forms of food defence.

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