Significance of grooming behavior in two polygynous groups of western black crested gibbons: Implications for understanding social relationships among immigrant and resident group members

  title={Significance of grooming behavior in two polygynous groups of western black crested gibbons: Implications for understanding social relationships among immigrant and resident group members},
  author={Zhen-Hua Guan and Bei Huang and Wen-He Ning and Qingyong Ni and Guo-Zheng Sun and Xue-Long Jiang},
  journal={American Journal of Primatology},
In primates, grooming is considered among the most common behaviors for maintaining social bonds; however, to date, few studies have examined grooming behavior in gibbon species in detail. We used both a 5‐min interval scan method and social network analysis to study grooming in two groups of polygynous western black‐crested gibbon (Nomascus concolor) in Wuliang Mountain, Central Yunnan, China. Individuals in both groups spent little time in social grooming (1.45% and 1.97% of active time). We… Expand
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