Consortship and mating success in chacma baboons (Papio cynocephalus ursinus)

Citation
T. Weingrill et al., Consortship and mating success in chacma baboons (Papio cynocephalus ursinus), ETHOLOGY, 106(11), 2000, pp. 1033-1044
Citations number
40
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Animal Sciences","Neurosciences & Behavoir
Journal title
ETHOLOGY
ISSN journal
0179-1613 → ACNP
Volume
106
Issue
11
Year of publication
2000
Pages
1033 - 1044
Database
ISI
SICI code
0179-1613(200011)106:11<1033:CAMSIC>2.0.ZU;2-Q
Abstract
Chacma baboons (Papio cynocephalus ursinus) show a lower consortship take-o ver rate and longer consortship duration than the other savannah baboons (B ulger 1993). It has been argued that researchers have focused on atypically small troops with few adult males, resulting in low competition for access to oestrous females. Consortship data from two mountain baboon troops cont aining seven and four males, respectively, were analysed to determine wheth er the troop with the greater number of males showed a weaker correlation b etween mating success and rank due to an expected higher consortship take-o ver rate. No consort takeovers were observed in either study troop and mati ng success in both troops was correlated strongly with male rank. The distr ibution of days spent in consortship amongst the males could be explained b y the priority-of-access-model. The degree of cycle overlap determined the number of males observed consorting oestrous females, whereas the number of males did not influence the relationship between rank and consorting activ ity.