Breeding history and olfactory discrimination in the Syrian hamster

Robert B. Fischer, Nancy Olsen, Gary F. Meunier

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Abstract

The ability of outbred female Syrian hamsters to differentially respond to urine samples obtained from either inbred or outbred Syrian males was examined. The odors obtained from the males were introduced into a Y-maze olfactometer. On the basis of time spent in proximity to the stimuli, estrous females evidenced a preference for the urine of the outbred males. The same females when diestrus exhibited no apparent preferences. It is possible that the ability of females to make such subtle discriminations may impact on mate selection leading to positive assortment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-325
Number of pages3
JournalBehavioural Processes
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

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Mesocricetus
Breeding
history
Aptitude
breeding
urine
Urine
Diestrus
diestrus
olfactometers
Marriage
odors
Mesocricetus auratus
sampling

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Fischer, Robert B. ; Olsen, Nancy ; Meunier, Gary F. / Breeding history and olfactory discrimination in the Syrian hamster. In: Behavioural Processes. 1985 ; Vol. 11, No. 3. pp. 323-325.
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In: Behavioural Processes, Vol. 11, No. 3, 01.01.1985, p. 323-325.

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