The Ecological Importance of the Anal Gland Secretion of Yellow Voles (Lagurus Luteus)

  • Fan Zhiqin


Yellow voles, found in the northern part of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, live as family groups in elaborate burrows. They have three or four litters per year. Yellow vole populations fluctuate considerably, reaching high numbers some years, causing great damages to grassland.


Fecal Pellet Odour Source Ovarian Weight Gland Weight Anal Gland 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fan Zhiqin
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  1. 1.Institute of ZoologyAcademia SinicaBeijingChina

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