Female sexual behavior and sexual swelling size as potential cues for males to discern the female fertile phase in free-ranging Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) of Gibraltar

@article{Brauch2007FemaleSB,
  title={Female sexual behavior and sexual swelling size as potential cues for males to discern the female fertile phase in free-ranging Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) of Gibraltar},
  author={Katrin Brauch and Dana Pfefferle and Keith Hodges and Ulrike M{\"o}hle and Julia Fischer and Michael Heistermann},
  journal={Hormones and Behavior},
  year={2007},
  volume={52},
  pages={375-383}
}
Although female catarrhine primates show cyclic changes in sexual behavior and sexual swellings, the value of these sexual signals in providing information to males about timing of the fertile phase is largely unclear. Recently, we have shown that in Barbary macaques, males receive information from females which enables them to discern the fertile phase and to focus their reproductive effort accordingly. Here, we investigate the nature of the cues being used by examining female sexual behavior… Expand
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