Patterns of behaviour, group structure and reproductive status predict levels of glucocorticoid metabolites in zoo-housed ring-tailed lemurs, Lemur catta.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620379
Title:
Patterns of behaviour, group structure and reproductive status predict levels of glucocorticoid metabolites in zoo-housed ring-tailed lemurs, Lemur catta.
Authors:
Smith, Tessa E.; McCusker, Cara; Stevens, Jeroen M. G.; Elwood, Robert W.
Abstract:
In ring-tailed lemurs, Lemur catta, the factors modulating hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) activity differ between wild and semi-free-ranging populations. Here we assess factors modulating HPA activity in ring-tailed lemurs housed in a third environment: the zoo. First we validate an enzyme immunoassay to quantify levels of glucocorticoid (GC) metabolites in the faeces of L. catta. We determine the nature of the female-female dominance hierarchies within each group by computing David’s scores and examining these in relation to faecal GC (fGC). Relationships between female age and fGC are assessed to evaluate potential age-related confounds. The associations between fGC, numbers of males in a group and reproductive status are explored. Finally, we investigate the value of 7 behaviours in predicting levels of fGC. The study revealed stable linear dominance hierarchies in females within each group. The number of males in a social group together with reproductive status, but not age, influenced fGC. The 7 behavioural variables accounted for 68% of the variance in fGC. The amounts of time an animal spent locomoting and in the inside enclosure were both negative predictors of fGC. The study highlights the flexibility and adaptability of the HPA system in ring-tailed lemurs.
Affiliation:
University of Chester; Queens University of Belfast; Centre for Research and Conservation, Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp, Belguim
Citation:
Smith, T. E., McCusker, C., Stevens, J. M. G., & Elwood, R. W. (2016). Patterns of behaviour, group structure and reproductive status predict levels of glucocorticoid metabolites in zoo-housed ring-tailed lemurs, Lemur catta. Folia Primatologica, 86, 506-24. DOI: 10.1159/000442587
Publisher:
Karger Publishing
Journal:
Folia Primatologica
Publication Date:
30-Jan-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620379
DOI:
10.1159/000442587
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is the peer-reviewed but unedited manuscript version of the following article: Smith, T. E., McCusker, C., Stevens, J. M. G., & Elwood, R. W. (2016). Patterns of behaviour, group structure and reproductive status predict levels of glucocorticoid metabolites in zoo-housed ring-tailed lemurs, Lemur catta. Folia Primatologica, 86, 506-24. DOI: 10.1159/000442587. The final, published version is available at http://www.karger.com/?doi=10.1159/000442587.
EISSN:
1421-9980
Appears in Collections:
Biological Sciences

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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Tessa E.en
dc.contributor.authorMcCusker, Caraen
dc.contributor.authorStevens, Jeroen M. G.en
dc.contributor.authorElwood, Robert W.en
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-15T13:55:10Z-
dc.date.available2017-02-15T13:55:10Z-
dc.date.issued2016-01-30-
dc.identifier.citationSmith, T. E., McCusker, C., Stevens, J. M. G., & Elwood, R. W. (2016). Patterns of behaviour, group structure and reproductive status predict levels of glucocorticoid metabolites in zoo-housed ring-tailed lemurs, Lemur catta. Folia Primatologica, 86, 506-24. DOI: 10.1159/000442587en
dc.identifier.doi10.1159/000442587-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620379-
dc.descriptionThis is the peer-reviewed but unedited manuscript version of the following article: Smith, T. E., McCusker, C., Stevens, J. M. G., & Elwood, R. W. (2016). Patterns of behaviour, group structure and reproductive status predict levels of glucocorticoid metabolites in zoo-housed ring-tailed lemurs, Lemur catta. Folia Primatologica, 86, 506-24. DOI: 10.1159/000442587. The final, published version is available at http://www.karger.com/?doi=10.1159/000442587.-
dc.description.abstractIn ring-tailed lemurs, Lemur catta, the factors modulating hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) activity differ between wild and semi-free-ranging populations. Here we assess factors modulating HPA activity in ring-tailed lemurs housed in a third environment: the zoo. First we validate an enzyme immunoassay to quantify levels of glucocorticoid (GC) metabolites in the faeces of L. catta. We determine the nature of the female-female dominance hierarchies within each group by computing David’s scores and examining these in relation to faecal GC (fGC). Relationships between female age and fGC are assessed to evaluate potential age-related confounds. The associations between fGC, numbers of males in a group and reproductive status are explored. Finally, we investigate the value of 7 behaviours in predicting levels of fGC. The study revealed stable linear dominance hierarchies in females within each group. The number of males in a social group together with reproductive status, but not age, influenced fGC. The 7 behavioural variables accounted for 68% of the variance in fGC. The amounts of time an animal spent locomoting and in the inside enclosure were both negative predictors of fGC. The study highlights the flexibility and adaptability of the HPA system in ring-tailed lemurs.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherKarger Publishingen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectNon-invasiveen
dc.subjectZooen
dc.subjectGlucocorticoidsen
dc.subjectDominanceen
dc.subjectWelfareen
dc.subjectLemur cattaen
dc.titlePatterns of behaviour, group structure and reproductive status predict levels of glucocorticoid metabolites in zoo-housed ring-tailed lemurs, Lemur catta.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1421-9980-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester; Queens University of Belfast; Centre for Research and Conservation, Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp, Belguimen
dc.identifier.journalFolia Primatologicaen
dc.date.accepted2015-11-20-
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderUnfundeden
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUnfundeden
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-01-30-
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