Studies of the Chemical Composition of Secretions from Skin Glands of the Rabbit Oryctolagus Cuniculus

  • B. S. Goodrich

Abstract

The odoriferous skin glands of the wild rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus which function for conspecific communication purposes have been the subject of intensive ethological and chemical studies. Volatile constituents of the anal and chin glands have been found to convey information concerning territoriality, whilst the odor of the secretion of inguinal glands conveys information about the identity and sex of an individual animal (Mykytowycz, 1965, 1966a,b; Hesterman and Mykytowycz, 1982). This paper reviews our knowledge of the chemistry of secretions from these glands.

Keywords

Fecal Pellet Oryctolagus Cuniculus Wild Rabbit Anal Gland Headspace Volatile 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. S. Goodrich
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Wildlife ResearchCSIRONorth RydeAustralia

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