Reciprocation and interchange in wild Japanese macaques: grooming, cofeeding, and agonistic support.

@article{Ventura2006ReciprocationAI,
  title={Reciprocation and interchange in wild Japanese macaques: grooming, cofeeding, and agonistic support.},
  author={Raffaella Ventura and Bonaventura Majolo and Nicola F Koyama and Scott M. Hardie and Gabriele Schino},
  journal={American journal of primatology},
  year={2006},
  volume={68 12},
  pages={1138-49}
}
Social primates spend a significant proportion of their time exchanging grooming with their group companions. Although grooming is mainly exchanged in kind, given its hygienic and tension-reducing functions, it is still debated whether grooming also provides some social benefits, such as preferential access to resources (e.g., food or mating partners). In this study we analyzed grooming distribution among wild female Japanese macaques living in two groups on Yakushima. We tested the tendency of… CONTINUE READING

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