Reproductive failure, possible maternal infanticide, and cannibalism in wild moustached tamarins, Saguinus mystax

@inproceedings{Culot2011ReproductiveFP,
  title={Reproductive failure, possible maternal infanticide, and cannibalism in wild moustached tamarins, Saguinus mystax},
  author={Laurence Culot and Yvan Lledo-Ferrer and Oda Hoelscher and Fernando Julio Jo{\~a}o Mu{\~n}oz Lazo and M. Huynen and Eckhard W. Heymann},
  booktitle={Primates},
  year={2011}
}
  • Laurence Culot, Yvan Lledo-Ferrer, +3 authors Eckhard W. Heymann
  • Published in Primates 2011
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Maternal infanticide in wild non-human primates has only been reported twice. In this paper, we report a possible new case of infanticide and cannibalism within a series of four successive reproductive failures in wild moustached tamarins, Saguinus mystax. Necropsy and genetic analyses of the corpses enabled us to rule out any pathology, and to determine paternity. The mother was seen biting and then eating the head of its own infant during a period when another female was pregnant and gave… CONTINUE READING

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