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Primate SexualityComparative Studies of the Prosimians, Monkeys, Apes, and Humans$
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Alan F. Dixson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544646

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199544646.001.0001

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Mating tactics and reproductive success

Mating tactics and reproductive success

(p.68) Chapter 4 Mating tactics and reproductive success
Primate Sexuality

Alan F. Dixson

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the major types of mating practices that exist in primate societies and their reproductive success by explaining the concept of dominance, coalition, and consortship. Dominance indicates that a chief male primate has priority of access to food, water, sexual grooming partners, as well as superiority in aggressive and sociosexual encounters. Coalitions occur when two male primates form a coalition and begin to threaten and harass a consorting male. Consortship occurs when the male attempts to associate and copulate with a female during the presumptive fertile period. The chapter also discusses female sexual dominance and their sexual preferences; and incestuous matings and incest avoidance.

Keywords:   primate, mating practices, dominance, coalition, consortship, sexual preferences, incest

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