Hormones in communication | Hormonal Pheromones

N. Stacey, Peter W Sorensen

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Abstract

Many fishes use sex hormones (steroids and prostaglandins) as pheromones (external chemical cues). Such hormonal pheromones are best understood in carps such as the goldfish, in which ovulating females release steroid and prostaglandin odorants that trigger ovulation in additional females and complex responses in males that facilitate sperm competition. The discovery of hormonal pheromones fundamentally changes our concept of fish reproduction by illustrating how endogenous hormonal signals that originally evolved to coordinate reproductive processes within the individual have been coopted as exogenous odorants that synchronize reproduction among conspecifics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Fish Physiology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages1553-1562
Number of pages10
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9780080923239
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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Pheromones
animal communication
pheromones
Communication
hormones
Hormones
odor compounds
prostaglandins
Prostaglandins
steroids
Reproduction
Fishes
Goldfish
Carps
sex hormones
goldfish
sperm competition
Gonadal Steroid Hormones
Ovulation
fish

Keywords

  • Behavior
  • Electro-olfactogram
  • Hormones
  • Olfaction
  • Olfactory sensory neuron
  • Oviposition
  • Ovulation
  • Pheromone
  • Prostaglandin
  • Reproduction
  • Spermiation
  • Steroid

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Stacey, N., & Sorensen, P. W. (2011). Hormones in communication | Hormonal Pheromones. In Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology (Vol. 1, pp. 1553-1562). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-374553-8.00137-4

Hormones in communication | Hormonal Pheromones. / Stacey, N.; Sorensen, Peter W.

Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology. Vol. 1 Elsevier Inc., 2011. p. 1553-1562.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Stacey, N & Sorensen, PW 2011, Hormones in communication | Hormonal Pheromones. in Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology. vol. 1, Elsevier Inc., pp. 1553-1562. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-374553-8.00137-4
Stacey N, Sorensen PW. Hormones in communication | Hormonal Pheromones. In Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology. Vol. 1. Elsevier Inc. 2011. p. 1553-1562 https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-374553-8.00137-4
Stacey, N. ; Sorensen, Peter W. / Hormones in communication | Hormonal Pheromones. Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology. Vol. 1 Elsevier Inc., 2011. pp. 1553-1562
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