Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp 737–751 | Cite as

Perineal scent gland of wild and domestic guinea pigs

A comparative chemical and behavioral study
  • Judith L. Wellington
  • Kevin J. Byrne
  • George Preti
  • Gary K. Beauchamp
  • Amos B. SmithIII


Wild and domestic male guinea pigs (Cavia aperea andCavia porcellus) prefer the perineal secretion from males of the same species to that of males of the other species. Gas chromatographic-mass spectroscopic analyses of the volatile components of the secretions show complex mixtures comprised primarily of fatty acids, alcohols, and ketones. Inter-species differences in the composition of the volatiles are evident. The possible role of bacteria in odor production is discussed.

Key Words

Chemical communication guinea pig skin secretion scent mark C. aperea C. porcellus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith L. Wellington
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kevin J. Byrne
    • 1
  • George Preti
    • 1
    • 3
  • Gary K. Beauchamp
    • 1
    • 4
  • Amos B. SmithIII
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.The Monell Chemical Senses CenterUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia
  3. 3.Departments of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia
  4. 4.Departments of Otorhinolaryngology and Human CommunicationsUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia

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