Behavior Genetics

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 549–564

Analysis of a genetic recognition system in wild house mice

  • Sarah Lenington
  • Kathleen Egid
  • Jessie Williams
Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF01065521

Cite this article as:
Lenington, S., Egid, K. & Williams, J. Behav Genet (1988) 18: 549. doi:10.1007/BF01065521

Abstract

Wild female house mice have strong preferences for odors of male mice whose t-complex genotype is +/+ rather than for males carrying deleterious mutations (+/t) at the t complex. In this review of a large number of studies examining the basis for this preference, we suggest the following: first, preferences of +/+ females are greatly influenced by environmental factors and probably do not have a large genetic component: second, preferences of +/t females are less dependent upon environmental factors and hence may have a strong genetic component: third, the lethal factors within the t complex are involved in both the production of the cue by males and the expression of the preference in females: and fourth, there may be a second gene or genes within the t complex involved in the expression of female preference.

Key Words

t complex mouse genetics wild mice mating preference kin recognition 

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Lenington
    • 1
  • Kathleen Egid
    • 2
  • Jessie Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Animal BehaviorRutgers UniversityNewark
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesSUNY at AlbanyAlbany