Alopecia scoring: the quantitative assessment of hair loss in captive macaques.

  title={Alopecia scoring: the quantitative assessment of hair loss in captive macaques.},
  author={Paul E. Honess and Jessica Gimpel and Sarah Wolfensohn and Georgia Mason},
  journal={Alternatives to laboratory animals : ATLA},
  volume={33 3},
Many captive animals show forms of pelage loss that are absent in wild or free-living conspecifics, which result from grooming or plucking behaviours directed at themselves or at other individuals. For instance, dorsal hair loss in primates such as rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) in research facilities, results from excessive hair-pulling or over-grooming by cage-mates. This behaviour appears to be associated with stress, and is controllable to some extent with environmental enrichment… CONTINUE READING


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