Reproductive seasonality in Macaca fuscata: Evidence from the Rome group

Stefano Scucchi, Alfonso Troisi, Francesca R. D'Amato, Roberto Fuccillo

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Over a four-year period the monthly distribution pattern of births showed by the Japanese macaques of the Rome group, originally belonging to the Takasakiyama colony, was recorded and its relations to climate, latitude and female reproductive condition were assessed. The birth patterns of the Rome and Takasakiyama groups proved identical whereas the ecological conditions under which the two colonies live are not. In more detail, the results denied the indirect influence of rainfall through the associated vegetational recrudescence and questioned the role of photoperiod as proximate stimulus for the actual onset of mating.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-352
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Human Evolution
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1983


  • birth season
  • female reproductive condition
  • geographic transfer
  • Macaca fuscata

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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