Studies of Maternal Behavior in Spiny Mice Acomys cahirinus

Richard H. Porter, Helen M. Doane

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The present report represents an initial study of maternal behavior in Acomys cahirinus. Specificity of maternal responsiveness to own vs. other infants, and agonistic behavior between recently parturient ♀♀ were recorded for groups containing two lactating ♀♀ and their offspring. In order to assess the role of experience and physiological factors in the control of maternal behavior, several classes of adult ♀♀ were tested for their retrieval of conspecific neonates. 1978 Blackwell Verlag GmbH

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-235
Number of pages11
JournalZeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1978


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