Journal of Ethology

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 95–98

Familiarity and partner preferences in female common voles, Microtus arvalis

Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s10164-006-0211-9

Cite this article as:
Ricankova, V., Sumbera, R. & Sedlacek, F. J Ethol (2007) 25: 95. doi:10.1007/s10164-006-0211-9


Captive female common voles (Microtus arvalis) had a clear social preference for familiar males in a standard preference test. Cohabitation for a short period resulted in preferences for familiar partners, and females spent eight times more time in body contact with a familiar male than with an unfamiliar male. Females also displayed stranger-directed aggression. Our results suggest that the common vole is a species with selective partner preferences and a tendency to form tight social relationships and stable male–female associations.


Social organization Aggression Common voles Mate choice Pair bond 

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© Japan Ethological Society and Springer-Verlag 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Zoology, Faculty of Biological SciencesUniversity of South BohemiaCeske BudejoviceCzech Republic
  2. 2.Institute of Systems Biology and EcologyCeske BudejoviceCzech Republic

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