Lemurs groom-at-a-distance through vocal networks

Ipek G. Kulahci, Daniel I. Rubenstein, Asif A. Ghazanfar
  • Animal Behaviour, December 2015, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.09.016

What is it about?

We tested the relationships between vocal exchanges and grooming in ring-tailed lemurs. Lemurs selectively responded to the calls of the conspecifics they frequently groomed, demonstrating that vocal exchanges function as grooming-at-a-distance.

Why is it important?

Vocal exchanges indicate the strong social bonds between the group members. Social species may maintain bonds by ‘grooming-at-a-distance’ through vocalizations.

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