Volatile and Nonvolatile Chemosignals of Female Rodents: Differences in Hormonal Regulation

  • John Nyby


Among rodents, males and females produce certain chemosignals that are different. These sexually dimorphic odors serve both to attract conspecifics and to coordinate reproductive physiology and behavior. In fact, among some rodents such as housemice and golden hamsters, chemoreception may constitute the single most important sensory modality for gender recognition and stimulation of sexual arousal.


Golden Hamster Odor Source Dimethyl Disulfide Estrous Female Luteinizing Hormone Release 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Nyby
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLehigh UniversityBethlehemUSA

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