, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 122–125 | Cite as

Short-distance homing in a small mammal: the role of exteroceptive cues and path integration

  • A. S. Etienne
  • E. Teroni
  • R. Maurer
  • V. Portenier
  • F. Saucy
Short Communications Neurology, Behavior


When hoarding food under IR light, the golden hamster returns to its nest by path integration after an active outward journey, and it is capable of compensating the angular component of a passive outward journey independently of auditory, olfactory, tactile and geomagnetic cues. If, however, peripheral visual cues are available, they predominate over information which is gained during the active or passive outward journey. Further experiments show the limitations of homing by path integration, which is open to cumulative errors and therefore needs to be complemented by other categories of information.

Key words

Hamster, golden Mesocricetus auratus homing, short distance exteroceptive cues path integration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. S. Etienne
    • 1
  • E. Teroni
    • 1
  • R. Maurer
    • 1
  • V. Portenier
    • 1
  • F. Saucy
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire d'Ethologie, F.P.S.E.University of GenevaSwitzerland

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