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60) Macaques live in groups that include multiple adult males as well as many adult females and youngsters. The social system of the rhesus macaque from India has been extensively studied by scientists. In rhesus troops, females generally stay in the group where they are born, while males migrate to a new group. A family portrait. In the center is the old matriarch of this  monkey family. Her adult daughters sit on either side holding their infants.
Notes: A family portrait. In the center is the old matriarch of this monkey family. Her adult daughters sit on either side holding their infants.
Scientific name: Macaca mulatta
rhesus macaque -- REE-sus ma-KACK
Member of the cheek pouch monkey group
The social structure of rhesus and other macaque troops is matrilineal. Females inherit their social status or rank from their mother.
Photo © by: Frans de Waal

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