Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 8, Issue 8, pp 1153-1165

First online:

Scent marks as social signals inGalago crassicaudatus II. Discrimination between individuals by scent

  • Anne B. ClarkAffiliated withKellogg Biological Station

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Thick-tailed galagos,Galago crassicaudatus argentatus, which had been habituated to the scent marks of a conspecific through repeated presentations, increased their sniffing when presented with scent marks from a second conspecific of the same sex. Thus, they discriminated between the scents of individual conspecifics. This result was obtained using naturally scent-marked perches and perches carrying only chest gland scent—the latter even two weeks after the marking. When urine, the prevalent scent signal among most other galago species, was tested, it elicited little interest and discriminations were not clearly made. It is suggested that the use of more specialized scents is related to the social characteristics ofGalago crassicaudatus.

Key words

Chemical communication galago Galago crassicaudatus individual discrimination primates prosimians scent glands social organization