Articles | Volume 3, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-3-41-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-3-41-2016
Short communication
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16 Aug 2016
Short communication |  | 16 Aug 2016

Female infanticide and female-directed lethal targeted aggression in a group of ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta)

Klara Kittler and Silvio Dietzel

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We report on extremely rare events of group eviction and eventually lethal aggression in a group of ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) that were targeted against the two highest-ranking females. These events erupted after an infanticide by the highest-ranking female directed at the offspring of a subordinate. We suggest that this aggressive changeover of power between two matrilines was based on the growing group size and was an act of female reproductive competition during birth season.