Chemocommunication in the Reproductive Function of Mouse Lemurs

  • Martine Perret


Prosimians species have retained highly developed chemosensory systems and exhibit various scent-marking behaviors (Schilling, 1979; l990). They constitute a very convenient group of species with which to test the role of chemocommunication in social behaviour and physiology. However, despite the amount of behavioral data concerned with chemocommunication, particularly studies of marking behaviors, the information that chemical cues convey and the mechanisms underlying their actions are poorly understood.


Olfactory Bulb Testosterone Level Dominant Male Mouse Lemur Sexual Inhibition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martine Perret
    • 1
  1. 1.CNRS URA 1183, Laboratoire d’Ecologie GénéraleMNHNBrunoyFrance

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