Scent marking in sifaka: no one function explains it all

  title={Scent marking in sifaka: no one function explains it all},
  author={Rebecca J. Lewis},
  journal={American Journal of Primatology},
  • Rebecca J. Lewis
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • Environmental Science
  • American Journal of Primatology
Various hypotheses to explain possible functions of scent‐marking have been put forth and basically fall into five categories: territorial demarcation, ownership of resources, mate attraction, noncombative fighting, and self‐advertisement. Verreaux's sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi verreauxi), like many prosimians, use scent‐marking as one form of communication. The goal of this study was to determine the function of scent‐marking in sifaka. All‐occurrence of scent‐marks, scent‐mark context, and… 

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