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A Preliminary Study on the Function of Food Begging in Sichuan Snub-Nosed Monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana): Challenge to Begging for Nutritional Gain
Zhang, Zhen1,2; Su, Yanjie1; Chan, Raymond C. K.2,3
2010
Source PublicationFOLIA PRIMATOLOGICA
ISSN0015-5713
SubtypeArticle
Volume81Issue:5Pages:265-272
AbstractSeveral hypotheses have been developed to explain what benefits a donor may gain from sharing food with another individual, with nutritional gain assumed to be the sole benefit for the beggar. Recently, it has been proposed that begging behaviour serves a social function in non-human primates. In this study, the nutritional-gain assumption was again challenged based on observations on a captive group of Sichuan snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana), or golden snub-nosed monkeys. The major findings from this study are that (1) beggars sometimes left their own branches or passed by available branches to beg for similar food from other individuals, (2) beggars occasionally ignored branches that were acquired by begging and (3) food begging occurred more frequently in the all-male unit after the social rank had changed between 2 individuals in this unit. Overall, these preliminary findings suggest that some begging behaviours in captive golden snub-nosed monkeys were not driven by nutritional gain only; instead, we propose that these begging behaviours could be interpreted as attempts at deriving social benefits. Copyright (C) 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel
KeywordFood begging Social function Food transfer Sichuan snub-nosed monkeys Rhinopithecus roxellana
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Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000286426000003
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/13772
Collection中国科学院心理研究所回溯数据库(1956-2010)
Affiliation1.Peking Univ, Dept Psychol, Beijing 100871, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Mental Hlth, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Neuropsychol & Appl Cognit Neurosci Lab, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
First Author AffilicationKey Laboratory of Mental Health, CAS
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Zhang, Zhen,Su, Yanjie,Chan, Raymond C. K.. A Preliminary Study on the Function of Food Begging in Sichuan Snub-Nosed Monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana): Challenge to Begging for Nutritional Gain[J]. FOLIA PRIMATOLOGICA,2010,81(5):265-272.
APA Zhang, Zhen,Su, Yanjie,&Chan, Raymond C. K..(2010).A Preliminary Study on the Function of Food Begging in Sichuan Snub-Nosed Monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana): Challenge to Begging for Nutritional Gain.FOLIA PRIMATOLOGICA,81(5),265-272.
MLA Zhang, Zhen,et al."A Preliminary Study on the Function of Food Begging in Sichuan Snub-Nosed Monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana): Challenge to Begging for Nutritional Gain".FOLIA PRIMATOLOGICA 81.5(2010):265-272.
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