Parasitic nursing behavior in the wedge‐capped capuchin monkey (Cebus olivaceus)

  title={Parasitic nursing behavior in the wedge‐capped capuchin monkey (Cebus olivaceus)},
  author={T. O'Brien},
  journal={American Journal of Primatology},
  • T. O'Brien
  • Published 1988
  • Biology, Medicine
  • American Journal of Primatology
Juvenile and adult females in two wild groups of wedge‐capped capuchin monkeys (Cebus olivaceus) were observed nursing from other adult females. The context of the interactions varied with participants but always involved a higher‐ranking female nursing from a lower‐ranking female. This behavior appears to be an example of an exploitative interaction in which the suckling female benefits at the expense of the nursing female. 
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