, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 271–273 | Cite as

Ultrasonic vocalizations by adult prairie voles,Microtus ochrogaster

  • J. J. Lepri
  • M. Theodorides
  • Ch. J. Wysocki
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Male and femaleMicrotus ochrogaster were presented with anesthetized and awake conspecifics while ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) were monitored. Males produced significantly more USVs than females during 5-min testing sessions. Males tended to produce more USVs to unfamiliar females than to familiar female siblings. Sexual experience led to increased USV scores by males. These results suggest that USVs by male prairie voles communicate to females the male's gender and his availability for reproductive behavior.

Key words

Prairie voles Microtus ochrogaster ultrasonic vocalizations reproductive behavior sexual experience 


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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. J. Lepri
    • 1
  • M. Theodorides
    • 1
  • Ch. J. Wysocki
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Monell Chemical Senses CenterPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Animal BiologyUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

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