Tail Positions of Cercopithecus aethiops

Penny L. Bernstein*, W. John Smith, Alan Krensky, Karen Rosene

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The range of elevated positions in which captive Cercopithecus aethiops monkeys held their tails is apparently a continuum of display behavior. Different positions correlated with different behavior: Any might be adopted during a great diversity of activities, but with the more anterad positions a monkey might forego non‐agonistic behavior to attack, and with the more posterad to withdraw. When the tail was held straight upright locomotion for any end was momentarily improbable. 1978 Blackwell Verlag GmbH

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-278
Number of pages11
JournalZeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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