ACTA THERIOLOGICA SINICA ›› 2022, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (3): 345-348.DOI: 10.16829/j.slxb.150582

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Allomaternal nursing by a nulliparous pregnant female just before first parturition in free-ranging golden sub-nosed monkeys

HU Qinglang1, WU Yue1, YAO Hui2, YANG Wanji2, YU Yang1, XIANG Zuofu3   

  1. 1. College of Life Science and Technology, Central South University of Forestry & Technology, Changsha 410004, China;
    2. Key Lab of Conservation Biology for Shennongjia Golden Monkey, Hubei Province, Shennongjia 442411, China;
    3. College of Forestry, Central South University of Forestry & Technology, Changsha 410004, China
  • Received:2021-07-04 Revised:2022-02-23 Published:2022-06-02


胡晴朗1, 武阅1, 姚辉2, 杨万吉2, 禹洋1, 向左甫3   

  1. 1. 中南林业科技大学生命科学与技术学院, 长沙 410004;
    2. 湖北神农架金丝猴保育生物学湖北省重点实验室, 神农架 442411;
    3. 中南林业科技大学林学院, 长沙 410004
  • 通讯作者: 禹洋,;向左甫,
  • 作者简介:胡晴朗(1997-),女,硕士研究生,主要从事灵长类行为研究.
  • 基金资助:

Abstract: Although allomaternal nursing has been extensively explored in golden sub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana), this behavior in nulliparous pregnant females has not been explained in detail. In this study, we report allomaternal nursing in two nulliparous pregnant females just before their first parturition. The results indicated that the nulliparous pregnant female could secrete milk before delivery, and carry out effective allomaternal nursing. The nulliparous pregnant female can not only learn lactation skills through this behavior but also promote lactation. Our finding provides basic data for the suckling behavior of golden snub-nosed monkeys and supports the parenting hypothesis which is related to allomaternal nursing.

Key words: Rhinopithecus roxellana, Allomaternal nursing, Primiparous female

关键词: 川金丝猴, 异亲哺乳, 初产雌性

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