Pair-bond formation and breeding success in the common marmoset Callithrix jacchus jacchus Article

Evans, S, Poole, TB. (1983). Pair-bond formation and breeding success in the common marmoset Callithrix jacchus jacchus . 4(1), 83-97. 10.1007/BF02739361

cited authors

  • Evans, S; Poole, TB

fiu authors

abstract

  • The breeding records from 22 Callithrix jacchus jacchus females aged 13-23 months were examined. It was evident that females aged more than 18 months when first paired bred sooner, as did females paired with sexually experienced males. A detailed behavioral investigation of nine newly formed pairs was carried out for 10 weeks. Males showed more following, sniffing, tail-raised presents, and affectional behavior than their mates, while females showed more soliciting. Only females gave the submissive vocalization (ngÄ). This shows that there is a degree of sexual dimorphism in the behavior of this monogamous monkey. Four of the nine pairs failed to conceive within 12 weeks of pairing;the females of these pairs behaved more submissively than successful breeders, showing more ngÄ and less bristling and sexual behavior. In all cases the four females were housed in close proximity to dominant relatives and this was considered to be a significant factor. © 1983 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

publication date

  • March 1, 1983

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start page

  • 83

end page

  • 97

volume

  • 4

issue

  • 1