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The Red Colobus MonkeysVariation in Demography, Behavior, and Ecology of Endangered Species$
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Thomas T. Struhsaker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780198529583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529583.001.0001

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Social organization: intergroup relations, tenure, longevity, and dispersal

Social organization: intergroup relations, tenure, longevity, and dispersal

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(p.91) Chapter 4 Social organization: intergroup relations, tenure, longevity, and dispersal
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The Red Colobus Monkeys
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Thomas T. Struhsaker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529583.003.0004

This chapter presents a brief and generalized overview of red colobus social organization. Most populations and taxa of red colobus live in large, multimale groups. Adult females typically outnumber males. However, both group size and adult sex ratios are highly variable. Social groups are generally tolerant of one another and there is typically extensive overlap in home ranges. The extent of this overlap seems to depend on population density. Social interactions between groups can, however, involve aggression, ranging from spatial supplantations to fights where adult males inflict wounds on one another. Intergroup aggression is typically restricted to adult males. In some taxa, dispersal is female-biased, whereas in others both sexes disperse.

Keywords:   red colobus monkeys, social organization, intergroup relations, social interactions, intergroup aggression

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