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Regulation of the Rat Estrous Cycle by Predator Odors: Role of the Vomeronasal Organ

  • V. V. Voznessenskaya
  • C. J. Wysocki
  • E. P. Zinkevich

Abstract

The behavior of prey can be changed dramatically by the presence of predator odors (Stoddart, 1976; Dickman and Doncaster, 1984; Gorman, 1984). Small mammals tend to avoid predator odors. Faeces, urine or secretions from some predators are effective in reducing feeding damage by snowshoe hares, black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) and voles (Microtus montanus and M. pennsylvanicus; Sullivan, Grump and Sullivan., 1988; Sullivan, 1985, 1986). 2,2-Dimethylthietane from mink (Mustela vison) causes a decrease in food consumption in snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus) and rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) (Robinson, 1990).

Keywords

Estrous Cycle Oryctolagus Cuniculus Extended Cycle Predator Odor Vomeronasal Organ 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. V. Voznessenskaya
    • 1
  • C. J. Wysocki
    • 2
  • E. P. Zinkevich
    • 1
  1. 1.33 Leninsky ProspektA.N. Severtzov Institute of Evolutionary Animal Morphology and EcologyMoscow V-71USSR
  2. 2.Monell Chemical Senses CenterPhiladelphiaUSA

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