Ecological Aspects of House Mouse Urinary Chemosignals

  • Lee C. Drickamer


Many aspects of house mouse urinary chemosignals have been tested under laboratory conditions over the past 45 years. These phenomena include puberty acceleration, puberty delay, and signals that influence estrus cycles and pregnancy in females (Whitten, 1956; Bruce, 1959; Vandenbergh, 1969; Drickamer, 1977). Some of these effects have been tested under field conditions (Massey and Vandenbergh, 1980, 1981; Coppola and Vandenbergh 1987; Drickamer and Mikesic, 1990; and see reviews by Brown, 1985; Drickamer, 1986; Vandenbergh and Coppola, 1986). Additional findings regarding the fact that phenomena that occur under laboratory conditions do occur in natural or semi-natural settings are needed to provide a more complete picture of the manner in which house mice, and possibly other rodents, use odor cues for communication.


House Mouse Dominant Male Juvenile Female Subordinate Male Estrous Female 
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  • Lee C. Drickamer
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  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA

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