Reproductive Isolation, Behavioral Genetics, and Functions of Sexual Behavior in Rodents

  • Thomas E. McGill
Part of the Evolution, Development, and Organization of Behavior book series (EDOB, volume 1)


This chapter consists of several interrelated parts. First, Mayr’s classification scheme for reproductive isolating mechanisms is reviewed. For several of these mechanisms, behavior is known to play an important role, while for others the importance of behavioral differences has not been demonstrated. Much of the remainder of the chapter is concerned with the possibility that behavior, specifically the copula-tory act itself, might function in these latter kinds of reproductive isolation. Since the examples offered deal with rodent sexual behavior, the second section of the chapter examines some species differences in sexual responses within that order.


Estrous Cycle Reproductive Isolation Bank Vole House Mouse Behavioral Genetic 


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  • Thomas E. McGill
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWilliams CollegeWilliamstownMassachusettsUSA

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