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Howler monkeys have a rich repertoire of olfactory-related behaviour. The ethogram compiled for this study should allow further researchers to better understand the use of olfaction in this atelid species and in other non-human primates. 

Olfactory communication seems to play a role in:
  • Group cohesion especially during  period  of troop moving;  
  • Reproduction both in intrasexual competition and intersexual communication;
  • Social bonding in the first months of life;
  • Fruit choice when visual cues alone are not sufficient.


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Last updated: 05/30/17