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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

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Articles in peer reviewed journals

2014 or in press

De Nys H, Calvignac-Spencer S, Boesch C, Wittig R, Mundry R, Leendertz F.H. Malaria parasite detection increases during pregnancy in wild chimpanzees. Malaria Journal, accepted.

Hedwig D, Mundry R, Robbins MM & Boesch C. Contextual correlates of syntactic variation in mountain and western gorilla close distance vocalizations: indications for lexical or phonological syntax? Animal Cognition, accepted.

Schreiweis C, Bornschein U. Burguière E, Kerimoglu U. Schreiter S, Dannemann M, Goyal S, Rea E, French CA, Puliyadi R, Groszer M, Fisher SE, Mundry R, Winter C, Hevers W, Pääbo S, Enard W & Graybiel AM. Humanized Foxp2 Accelerates Learning by Enhancing Transitions from Declarative to Procedural Performance. PNAS, accepted.

Wilson ML, Boesch C, Fruth B, Furuichi T, Gilby IC, Hashimoto C, Hobaiter C, Hohmann G, Itoh N, Koops K, Lloyd JN, Matsuzawa T, Mitani JC, Mjungu DC, Morgan D, Muller MN, Mundry R, Nakamura M, Pruetz J, Pusey AE, Riedel J, Sanz C, Schel AM, Simmons N, Waller M, Watts DP, White F, Wittig RM, Zuberbühler K & Wrangham RW. Lethal aggression in Pan is better explained by adaptive strategies than human impacts. Nature, accepted.

Amici F, Aureli F, Mundry R, Amaro AS, Barroso AM, Ferretti J & Call J. Calculated reciprocity? A comparative test with six primate species. Primates, accepted.

Cronin KA, Pieper BA, van Leeuwen EJC, Mundry R & Haun DBM. 2014. Problem solving in the presence of others: How rank and relationship quality impact resource acquisition in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). PLOS ONE, 9, e93204.

Seifart S & Mundry R. Quantitative comparative linguistics based on tiny corpora: N-gram language identification of wordlists of known and unknown languages from Amazonia and beyond. Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, accepted.

Imong I, Robbins MM, Mundry R, Bergl R, Kühl HS. Informing conservation management about structural vs. functional connectivity: a case study of Cross River gorillas. American Journal of Primatology, accepted.

Samuni L, Mundry R, Terkel J, Zuberbühler K & Hobaiter C. Socially learned habituation to human observers in wild chimpanzees: Animal Cognition, accepted.

Hedwig D, Hammerschmidt K, Mundry R, Robbins MM & Boesch C. 2014. Acoustic structure and variation in mountain and western gorilla close calls – a syntactic approach. Behaviour, accepted.

Imong I, Robbins MM, Mundry R, Bergl R & Kühl HS. Distinguishing ecological constraints from human activity in species range fragmentation: the case of Cross River gorillas. Animal Conservation, published online.

Dahlin CR, Young AM, Cordier B, Mundry R & Wright TF. 2014. A test of  multiple hypotheses for the function of call sharing 1 in female  budgerigars, Melopsittacus undulatus. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 68, 145-161.

Fruth B, Ikombe NB, Matshimba GK, Metzger S, Muganza DM, Mundry R & Fowler A. 2014. New evidence for self-medication in bonobos: Manniophyton fulvum leaf- & stemstrip-swallowing from LuiKotale, Salonga National Park, DR Congo. American Journal of Primatology, 76, 146-158.


Barelli C, Mundry R, Heistermann M & Hammerschmidt K. 2013. Cues to Androgens and Quality in Male Gibbon Songs. PLoSone,, 8, e82748.

De Nys HM, Calvignac-Spencer S, Thiesen U, Boesch C, Wittig RM, Mundry R & Leendertz FH. 2013. Age-related effects on malaria parasite infection in wild chimpanzees. Biology Letters,9, UNSP 20121160.

Schubert G, Vigilant L, Boesch C, Klenke R, Langergraber K, Mundry R, Surbeck M & Hohmann G. 2013. Co-Residence between Males and their Mothers and Grandmothers is more frequent in Bonobos than Chimpanzees, PLoSOne, 8, e83870.

Blasse A, Calvignac-Spencer S, Merkel K, Goffe AS, Boesch C, Mundry R & Leendertz, FH. 2013. Mother-Offspring Transmission and Age-Dependent Accumulation of Simian Foamy Virus in Wild Chimpanzees. Journal of Virology, 87,  5193–5204.

Langos D, Kulik L, Mundry R & Widdig A. 2013. The impact of paternity on male–infant association in a primate with low paternity certainty. Molecular Ecology, 22, 3638–3651.

Cohen E, Mundry R & Kirschner S. Religion, synchrony and cooperation. Religion, Brain & Behavior, accepted.

Grueter G, Ndamiyabo F, Plumptre A, Abavandimwe D, Mundry R, Fawcett K & Robbins M. 2013 Long-term temporal and spatial dynamics of food availability for endangered mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. American Journal of Primatology, 75, 3, 267–280.


Head JS, Robbins MM, Mundry R, Makaga L & Boesch C. 2012. Remote video camera traps measure habitat use and competitive exclusion among sympatric chimpanzee, gorilla and elephant in Loango National Park, Gabon. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 28, 571–583.

Junker J, Blake S, Boesch C, Campbell G, du Toit L, Duvall C, Ekobo A, Etoga G, Galat-Luong A, Gamys J, Ganas-Swaray J, Gatti S, Ghiurghi A, Granier N, Hart J, Head J, Herbinger I, Hicks TC, Huijbregts B, Imong IS, Kuempel N, Lahm S, Lindsell J, Maisels F, McLennan M, Martinez L, Morgan B, Morgan D, Mulindahabi F, Mundry R, N’Goran KP, Normand E, Ntongho A, Okon DT, Petre C-A, Plumptre A, Rainey H, Regnaut S, Sanz C, Stokes E, Tondossama A, Tranquilli S, Sunderland-Groves J, Walsh P, Warren Y, Williamson ElA & Hjalmar S. Kuehl. 2012. Recent decline in suitable environmental conditions for African great apes. Diversity and Distributions, 11, 1077–1091.

van Leeuwen, EJC, Cronin K, Haun D, Mundry R & Bodamer M. 2012. Neighbouring chimpanzee communities show different preferences in social grooming behavior. Proc R Soc B, 279, 4362–4367.

Hesler N, Mundry R & Dabelsteen, T. Are there age-related differences in the song repertoire size of Eurasian blackbirds? Acta Ethologica. accepted.

Sommer C, Todt D, Ostreiher R & Mundry R. 2012. Urgency-related alarm calling in Arabian babblers, Turdoides squamiceps: predator distance matters in the use of alarm call types. Behaviour, 149, 755–773.

Hesler N, Mundry R, Sacher T, Coppack T, Bairlein F & Dabelsteen T. 2012. Song repertoire size correlates with measures of body size in Eurasian blackbirds. Behavior: 149, 645–665.

Goffe AS, Blasse A, Mundry R, Leendertz FH & Calvignac-Spencer S. 2012. Detection of retroviral super-infection from non-invasive samples. PLoS ONE, 7, e36570.

Curé C, Nicolas Mathevon N, Mundry R & Aubin T. 2012. Acoustic cues used for species recognition can differ between sexes and between sibling species: evidence from three mediterranean shearwaters. Animal Behaviour, 84, 239–250.

Luncz LV, Mundry R & Boesch C. 2012. Evidence for cultural differences between neighboring chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) communities. Current Biology, 22, 922–926.

N’Goran PK, Boesch C, Mundry R, N´Goran EK, Herbinger I, Yapi FA & Kühl HS. 2012. Hunting, effective law enforcement and African primate conservation. Conservation Biology, 26, 565–571.

Tranquilli S, Abedi-Lartey M, Amsini F, Arranz L, Asamoah A, Babafemi O, Barakabuye N, Campbell G, Chancellor R, Davenport TRB, Dunn A, Dupain J, Ellis C, Etoga G, Furuichi T, Gatti S, Ghiurghi A, Greengrass E, Hashimoto C, Hart J, Herbinger I, Hicks CT, Holbech LH, Huijbregts B, Imong I, Kumpel N, Maisels F, Marshall P, Nixon S, Normand E, Nziguyimpa L, Nzooh-Dogmo Z, Okon D, Plumptre A, Rundus A, Sunderland-Groves J, Todd A, Warren Y, Mundry R, Boesch C & Kuehl H. 2012. Lack of conservation efforts leads to rapid great ape extinction. Conservation Letters, 5, 69–77.

Deschner T, Fuller BT, Oelze VM, Boesch C, Hublin J-J, Mundry R, Richards MP, Ortmann S & Hohmann G. 2012. Identification of energy consumption and nutritional stress by isotopic and elemental analysis of urine in bonobos (Pan paniscus). Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom, 26, 69–77.

Crockford C, Wittig RM, Mundry R & Zuberbühler K. 2012. Wild Chimpanzees Inform Ignorant Group Members of Danger. Current Biology, 22, 142–146.

Kulik L, Muniz L, Mundry R & Widdig A. 2012. Patterns of interventions and the effect of coalitions and sociality on male fitness. Molecular Ecology, 21, 99–714.


Fürtbauer I, Mundry R, Heistermann M, Schülke O & Ostner J. 2011. You Mate, I Mate: Macaque Females Synchronize Sex not Cycles. 6, PLoS ONE, e26144.

Barelli C, Reichard UH & Mundry R. 2011. Is grooming used as a commodity in wild white-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar)? Anim. Behav., 82, 801–809.

Hesler N, Mundry R & Dabelsteen T. 2011. Does song repertoire size in Common Blackbirds play a role in an intra-sexual context? Journal of Ornithology, 152, 591–601.

Surbeck M, Mundry R & Hohmann G. 2011. Mothers matter! Maternal support, dominance status, and mating success in male bonobos (Pan paniscus). Proc. R. Soc. B, 278, 590–598.

Mundry R. 2011. Issues in information theory based statistical inference – a commentary from a frequentist's perspective. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol., 65, 57–68.


Boos K., Gutow L., Mundry R & Franke H-D. 2010. Sediment preference and burrowing behaviour in the sympatric brittlestars Ophiura albida Forbes, 1839 and Ophiura ophiura (Linnaeus, 1758) (Ophiuroidea, Echinodermata). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 393, 176–181. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2010.07.021

Quillfeldt P, Poisbleau M, Mundry R & Masello, JF. 2010. Are acoustical parameters of begging call elements of thin-billed prions related to chick condition? Acta Ethologica, 13, 1–9

Sprau P & Mundry R. 2010. Song type sharing in common nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos) and its implications for cultural evolution. Anim. Behav., 80, 427–434

Cheney DL, Moscovice LR, Heesen M, Mundry R & Seyfarth RM. 2010. Contingent cooperation between wild female baboons. PNAS, 107, 9562–9566.

Rabanal LI, Kuehl HS, Mundry R, Robbins MM, & Boesch C. 2010. Oil prospecting and its impact on large rainforest mammals in Loango National Park, Gabon. Biological Conservation, 143, 1017–1024.

Hohmann G, Potts K, N’Guessan A, Fowler A, Mundry R, Ganzhorn JU & Ortmann S. 2010. Plant Foods Consumed by Pan: Exploring the Variation of Nutritional Ecology Across Africa. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 141, 476–485.


Duckworth A, Masello JF, Mundry R, & Quillfeldt P. 2009. Functional characterization of begging calls in Thin-billed Prions Pachyptila belcheri chicks. Acta Ornithologica, 44, 127–137.

Gomes CM, Mundry R, & Boesch C. 2009. Long-term reciprocation of grooming in wild West African chimpanzees. Proc. R. Soc. B, 276, 699–706. doi:10.1098/rspb.2008.1324

Tennie C, Gilby IC & Mundry R. 2009. The meat-scrap hypothesis: small quantities of meat may promote cooperative hunting in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol., 63, 421–431 DOI. 10.1007/s00265-008-0676-3.

Mundry R & Nunn CL. 2009. Stepwise Model Fitting and Statistical Inference: Turning Noise into Signal Pollution. American Naturalist, 173, 119–123.

Jensen SA, Mundry R, Nunn CL, Boesch C, & Leendertz FH. 2009. Non-invasive Body Temperature Measurement of Wild Chimpanzees Using Fecal Temperature Decline. J. Wildl. Dis., 45, 542–546.

Kiefer S, Sommer C, Scharff C, Kipper S, & Mundry R. 2009. Tuning towards tomorrow? Nightingales change and increase their song repertoires from the first to the second breeding season. Journal of Avian Biology, 40, 231–236. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2009.04500.x.

Gladbach A, Büßer C, Mundry R, & Quillfeldt P. 2009. Acoustic parameters of begging calls indicate chick body condition in Wilson’s storm-petrels Oceanites oceanicus. J Ethol, 27, 267–274.

Hohmann G, Mundry R, & Deschner T. 2009. The Relationship Between Socio-Sexual Behavior and Salivary Cortisol in Bonobos: Tests of the Tension Regulation Hypothesis. American Journal of Primatology, 71, 223–232.


Kakuschke A, Valentine-Thon E, Griesel S, Rosenberger T, Mundry R, Siebert U, & Prange A. 2008. Blood metal levels and metal-influenced immune functions of harbour seals in captivity. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 56, 764–769.

Schwemmer P, Garthe S, & Mundry R. 2008. Area utilization of gulls in a coastal farmland landscape: habitat mosaic supports niche segregation of opportunistic species. Landscape Ecology, 23, 355–367.


Verfuß UK, Honnef CG, Meding A, Dähne M, Mundry R, & Benke H. 2007. Geographical and seasonal variation of harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) presence in the German Baltic Sea revealed by passive acoustic monitoring. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U. K., 87, 165–176. doi: 10.1017/S0025315407054938.

Mundry R & Sommer C. 2007. Discriminant function analysis with nonindependent data: consequences and an alternative. Anim. Behav., 74, 965–976. 


Kiefer S, Spiess A, Kipper S, Mundry R, Sommer C, Hultsch H, & Todt D. 2006. First-Year Common Nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos) Have Smaller Song-Type Repertoire Sizes Than Older Males. Ethology, 112, 1217–1224.

Kipper S, Mundry R, Sommer C, Hultsch H, & Todt D. 2006. Song repertoire size is correlated with body measures and arrival date in common nightingales, Luscinia megarhynchos. Animal Behaviour, 71, 211–217. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2005.04.011.

Träger I, Masello JF, Mundry R, & Quillfeldt P. 2006. Do Acoustic Parameters of Begging Calls of Cory’s Shearwaters Calonectris diomedea Reflect Chick Body Condition? Waterbirds, 29, 315–320.

Griesel S, Mundry R, Kakuschke A, Fonfara S, Siebert U, & Prange A. 2006. Mineral elements and essential trace elements in blood of seals of the North Sea measured by total-reflection X-ray fluorescence analysis. Spectrochimica Acta Part B, 61, 1158–1165.


Mundry R, & Sommer C. 2004. Tonal vocalizations in a noisy environment: an approach to their semi-automatic analysis and examples of its application. Anais da Academia Brasileira Ciências, 76, 284–288.

Kipper S, Mundry R, Hultsch H, & Todt D. 2004. Long-term persistence of song performance rules in Nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos): A longitudinal field study on repertoire size and composition. Behaviour, 141, 371–390.

Naguib M, Mundry R, Hultsch H, & Todt D. 2002. Responses to playback of whistle songs and normal songs in male nightingales: effects of song category, whistle pitch, and distance. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 52, 216–223.

Naguib M, Mundry R, Ostreiher R, Hultsch H, Schrader L, & Todt D. 1999. Cooperatively breeding Arabian Babblers call differently when mobbing in different predator-induced situations. Behavioral Ecology, 10, 636–640.

Mundry R. 1999. Testing related samples with missing values: a permutation approach. Animal Behaviour, 58, 1143–1153.

Mundry R, & Fischer J. 1998. Use of statistical programs for nonparametric tests of small samples often leads to incorrect P values: examples from Animal Behaviour. Animal Behaviour, 56, 256–259.

Mundry R, Hau B, & Böhner J. 1994. Individual- und Strophentypspezifischer Einsatz des "kit" im Gesang des Buchfinken (Fringilla coelebs). J. Ornithol., 135, 223–231.

Articles in other sources

Mundry R, & Sommer, C. 2007. Ein neues Gefiedermerkmal zur Altersbestimmung bei adulten Nachtigallen, Luscinia megarhynchos. Limicola, 21, 131-139.

Mundry R. 2004. Erfolgreiche Brut der Wacholderdrossel (Turdus pilaris) auf Berliner Stadtgebiet. Berliner Ornithologischer Bericht, 14, 60-63

Mundry R, & Todt D. 2000. Automated measurement of tonal bird vocalisations: a methodological approach and examples of its application. Measuring Behaviour 2000. In: Noldus LPJJ, ed. Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Methods and Techniques in Behavioral Research. Nijmegen, Netherlands, Noldus Information Technology b.v.: 226-228.

Mundry R. 1993. Unterschiede in den Lautausserungen von Nachtigall Luscinia megarhynchos und Sprosser Luscinia luscinia. Limicola, 7, 77-86.

Bergmann H-H, & Mundry R. 1993. Ostliche Nachtigallen Luscinia megarhynchos rufen anders. Limicola, 7, 311-313

Book reviews

Mundry R. 2003. Review of Quinn, GP & Keough, MJ. 2002. Experimental Designs and Data Analysis for Biologists. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Ethology, 109, 781.

Book chapters

Garamszegi LZ & Mundry R. 2014. Multimodel-Inference in Comparative Analyses. In LZ Garamszegi (Ed.). Modern Phylogenetic Methods and their Application in Evolutionary Biology. Springer, Heidelberg.

Mundry R. 2014. Statistical Issues and Assumptions of Phylogenetic Generalised Least Squares (PGLS). In LZ Garamszegi (Ed.). Modern Phylogenetic Methods and their Application in Evolutionary Biology. Springer, Heidelberg.

Mundry R. 2006. Konferenz. In Vec, M., Beer, B., Engelen, E.-M., Fischer, J., Freund, A. M., Kiesow, R. M., Korte, M., Schollwöck, U. & Westphal, H. (Hrsg.). Der Campus-Knigge. C. H. Beck. München.

Hultsch H, Mundry R, & Todt D. 1999. Learning, representation and retrieval of rule-related knowledge in the song system of birds. In: Friederici A, Menzel R, eds.: Learning: Rule Extraction & Representation. A. de Gruyter, Berlin/New York: 226-257.