The Behavioral Ecology of the Tibetan Macaque


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The Behavioral Ecology of the Tibetan Macaque
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Author(s): Jin-Hua Li, Lixing Sun, Peter M. Kappeler

Series: Fascinating Life Sciences

Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020

ISBN: 978-3-030-27919-6,978-3-030-27920-2

Description:This open access book summarizes the multi-disciplinary results of one of China’s main primatological research projects on the endemic Tibetan macaque (Macaca thibetana), which had continued for over 30 years, but which had never been reported on systematically. Dedicated to this exceptional Old World monkey, this book makes the work of Chinese primatologists on the social behavior, cooperation, culture, cognition, group dynamics, and emerging technologies in primate research accessible to the international scientific community.

One of the most impressive Asian monkeys, and the largest member of its genus, the Tibetan macaque deserves to be better known. This volume goes a long way towards bringing this species into the spotlight with many excellent behavioral analyses from the field. – Frans de Waal, Professor of Psychology, Emory University, USA.

Macaques matter. To understand primate patterns and trends, and to gain important insight into humanity, we need to augment and expand our engagement with the most successful and widespread primate genus aside from Homo. This volume focuses on the Tibetan macaque, a fascinating species with much to tell us about social behavior, physiology, complexity and the macaque knack for interfacing with humans. This book is doubly important for primatology in that beyond containing core information on this macaque species, it also reflects an effective integrated collaboration between Chinese scholars and a range of international colleagues—exactly the type of collaborative engagement primatology needs. This volume is a critical contribution to a global primatology. – Agustín Fuentes, Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, USA.


I have many fond memories of my association with Mt. Huangshan research beginning in 1983, when together with Professor Qishan Wang we established this site. It is such a beautiful place and I miss it. It is gratifying to see how far research has progressed since we began work there, becoming more internationalized and very much a collaborative endeavor under the long-term direction of Professor Jin-Hua Li and colleagues. This book highlights the increased interest in this species, representing a variety of disciplines ranging from macro aspects of behavior, cognition and sociality, to micro aspects of microbes, parasites and disease, authored by a group of renowned Chinese and international primatologists. I applaud their efforts and expect more interesting work to come from this site in the years ahead. – Kazuo Wada, Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University, Japan.

Table of contents :
Front Matter ….Pages i-xvi
Front Matter ….Pages 1-1
Recent Developments in Primatology and Their Relevance to the Study of Tibetan Macaques (Lixing Sun, Jin-Hua Li, Cédric Sueur, Paul A. Garber, Claudia Fichtel, Peter M. Kappeler)….Pages 3-13
Front Matter ….Pages 15-15
Social and Life History Strategies of Tibetan Macaques at Mt. Huangshan (Jin-Hua Li, Peter M. Kappeler)….Pages 17-46
Size Matters in Primate Societies: How Social Mobility Relates to Social Stability in Tibetan and Japanese Macaques (Lixing Sun, Dong-Po Xia, Jin-Hua Li)….Pages 47-59
Behavioral Exchange and Interchange as Strategies to Facilitate Social Relationships in Tibetan Macaques (Dong-Po Xia, Paul A. Garber, Cédric Sueur, Jin-Hua Li)….Pages 61-77
Social Relationships Impact Collective Decision-Making in Tibetan Macaques (Xi Wang, Claudia Fichtel, Lixing Sun, Jin-Hua Li)….Pages 79-92
Considering Social Play in Primates: A Case Study in Juvenile Tibetan Macaques (Macaca thibetana) (Jessica A. Mayhew, Jake A. Funkhouser, Kaitlin R. Wright)….Pages 93-117
The Vocal Repertoire of Tibetan Macaques (Macaca thibetana) and Congeneric Comparisons (Sofia K. Blue)….Pages 119-139
Tibetan Macaque Social Style: Covariant and Quasi-independent Evolution (Krishna N. Balasubramaniam, Hideshi Ogawa, Jin-Hua Li, Consuel Ionica, Carol M. Berman)….Pages 141-169
Front Matter ….Pages 171-171
Preliminary Observations of Female-Female Bridging Behavior in Tibetan Macaques (Macaca thibetana) at Mt. Huangshan, China (Grant J. Clifton, Lori K. Sheeran, R. Steven Wagner, Jake A. Funkhouser, Jin-Hua Li)….Pages 173-187
Bridging Behavior and Male-Infant Interactions in Macaca thibetana and M. assamensis: Insight into the Evolution of Social Behavior in the sinica Species-Group of Macaques (Hideshi Ogawa)….Pages 189-203
Front Matter ….Pages 205-205
The Gut Microbiome of Tibetan Macaques: Composition, Influencing Factors and Function in Feeding Ecology (Binghua Sun, Michael A. Huffman, Jin-Hua Li)….Pages 207-222
Medicinal Properties in the Diet of Tibetan Macaques at Mt. Huangshan: A Case for Self-Medication (Michael A. Huffman, Bing-Hua Sun, Jin-Hua Li)….Pages 223-248
Primate Infectious Disease Ecology: Insights and Future Directions at the Human-Macaque Interface (Krishna N. Balasubramaniam, Cédric Sueur, Michael A. Huffman, Andrew J. J. MacIntosh)….Pages 249-284
Front Matter ….Pages 285-285
MRI Technology for Behavioral and Cognitive Studies in Macaques In Vivo (Yong Zhu, Paul A. Garber)….Pages 287-299

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