Primate social systems and dominance. Although group structure may vary quite a bit among different Primate species, all Primates rely on group structure. Why do Primates live in groups? To avoid being eaten by predators . More opportunities to mate
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Although group structure may vary quite a bit among different Primate species, all Primates rely on group structure. Why do Primates live in groups?
Solitary foragers:Single adult individual or mother-child pair dispersed throughout home range.
Some Prosimians and Orangutans are solitary foragers.Primate group organization
Polyandrous: Groups that consist of one female, two or more males and their offspring.
Species who are polyandrous are some Tamarins.polyandrous
Uni-male (harems): Groups that consist of one male, multiple females and their offspring.
Species who are uni-male are some monkeys and gorillas.Uni-male (harems)
Multi-male/Multi-female: Groups which consist of multiple male and females and their offspring.
Species who live in mult-male/multi-female social system.Multi-male/multi-female
It’s more common for males to be dominant in Primates. A few reasons for this are:
Males are usually bigger and stronger than females.
Males are usually more aggressive and competitive.
Males are better at gaining support of the group.
Species who have a male dominant hierarchy are Chimpanzees and Capuchins.Male dominance
Female dominance isn’t as common as male dominance in Primates. Most times, females are able to dominate males by uniting as a group. One exception is the Ringtailed Lemur. Males are submissive without aggression from a group of females. In many instances where females dominate, they inherit their status at birth from their mother. In female dominated socieities, males usually leave the group around a certain age in order to prevent inbreeding.Female Dominance