Odor Discrimination in Female Mice after Long-Term Exposure to Male Odors: Genotype-Environment Interaction

  • N. Kenneth Sandnabba


It has been shown in several studies that female mice are capable of selecting males on the basis of certain odor cues indicative of genetic quality (e.g. Yamazaki et al., 1978, 1979; Lenington and Egid, 1985; Sandnabba 1986a; Novotny et al., 1990). Feriale mice have also been found to show a preference for male odors of high ranking and aggressive individuals (Scott and Pfaff, 1970; Jones and Nowell, 1974; Sandnabba, 1985; 1986b). An interesting question arising from these observations is whether a dominant and highly aggressive male is always preferred, independent of genotype.


Female Mouse Experimental Female Aggressive Male Congenic Mouse Odor Exposure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Kenneth Sandnabba
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyAbo Akademi UniversityAboFinland

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