Biology Bulletin

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 179–185 | Cite as

The Effect of Reciprocal Cross-Fostering of Pups in Two Species of Mice Mus musculus and Mus spicilegus: An Altered Response to Con- and Heterospecific Odors

  • E. V. Kotenkova
  • A. V. Ambaryan
  • A. N. Maltsev


The effect of pup cross-fostering by the house mouse Mus musculus and the mound-building mouse M. spicilegus on the odor preferences of sexually mature individuals has been studied for the first time. House and mound-building mice reared by females of a closely related species did not prefer any of the odors, in contrast to intact individuals of these species. Some individuals reared by females of a closely related species preferred the odor of foster species to conspecific odor. Early olfactory experience has been shown to alter the response of house mice and mound-building mice to odors of their own species and foster species.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. V. Kotenkova
    • 1
  • A. V. Ambaryan
    • 1
  • A. N. Maltsev
    • 1
  1. 1.Severtsov Institute of Problems of Ecology and EvolutionRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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