Jan 1, 1982

The nocturnal behavior of caged rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta)

Folia primatologica; international journal of primatology
E S Erffmeyer


The behavior of rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) was observed via videotape recording during the 12 hour period from 6.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. Adult animals were housed in male/female pairs under one of three cage conditions: individual cage, mating cage and a larger 'group' cage. 20 categories of behavior were assessed and the resultant behavior was described and quantitatively compared across cage conditions. The animals spent almost the entire night in a sitting position, either alone or while huddling with another animal. Sitting and huddling behavior are near-perfect complements to each other in terms of the frequency of occurrence; taken together they account for almost the entire nocturnal behavior. Other activity rarely displaces these behaviors. The animals tended to be relatively active in the early evening. As night fell, they settled down to relative inactivity, which they maintained until the morning. The activity level gradually increased as dawn approached.

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Behavior, Animal
Sexual Behavior, Animal
Macaca mulatta
Social Ecology
Social Isolation
Circadian Rhythms

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