Alpha status and agonistic alliance in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)

@article{Nishida1983AlphaSA,
  title={Alpha status and agonistic alliance in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)},
  author={Toshisada Nishida},
  journal={Primates},
  year={1983},
  volume={24},
  pages={318-336}
}
Intermale competition was studied in a habituated group of wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) in the Mahale Mountains of Tanzania. The group of 27 individuals included 3 adult males and 12 adult females. The beta-ranked male was observed to attack the alpha male and usurp his status. The beta male was supported by an ally, the gamma male. Earlier in the competition the gamma male had supported the alpha male. When the alpha male was displaced, he completely lost what had been an… CONTINUE READING

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