Territorial behavior in primates: A review of recent field studies

  title={Territorial behavior in primates: A review of recent field studies},
  author={Brian C. Bates},
Primate field studies of the last decade have reported much information of relevance for understanding primate territoriality. This paper reviews some of that material, considering the primate use of home range and core areas, intertroop vocalizations, and the relevance of these concepts for the analysis of territorial behavior. Finally, several reports of field studies of territorial behavior are reviewed. The data reviewed suggests that there are territory-related spacing mechanisms operating… 

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