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《Zoological Research》 2007-02
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Age Differences in Behavioral Responses of Male Giant Pandas to Chemosensory Stimulation

TIAN Hong1, WEI Rong-ping2, ZHANG Gui-quan2, SUN Ru-yong1, LIU Ding-zhen1,*(1. MOE Key Laboratory for Biodiversity Science and Ecological Engineering, Institute of Ecology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China;2. China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, Wolong Nature Reserve, Wenchuan Sichuan 623006, China)  
Chemical communication plays an important role in survival and reproductive success in mammalian species. In the present study, we examined the ontogenetic pattern of behavioral responses of male giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) to urine odors of conspecific individuals. Our data showed that exposure to the urine of adult females induced a significant increase in sniffing and environmental sniffing/licking behaviors, but a decrease in biting behavior, in males. Males of different ages displayed specific behaviors to female urine odors. Adult males spent more time licking than juvenile and sub-adult males. Further, sub-adult and adult males displayed high levels of environmental sniffing/licking, which was absent in the juvenile males. Juvenile males displayed scent rubbing behavior significantly more frequently than sub-adult and adult males, and also spent more time showing biting behavior than sub-adult males. Finally, juvenile and sub-adult males showed no difference in response to female and male urine odors. Together, these data suggest that chemosensory cues from conspecific urines induce age-specific responses in male giant pandas.
【Fund】: 国家自然科学基金资助项目(30470211 30170169);; 国家林业局大熊猫项目(WH0309 WH0306)资助~~
【CateGory Index】: Q958.1
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【Co-citations】
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1 LIU Ding-zhen,TIAN Hong①Professor,MOE,Key Lab of Biodiversity and Engineer,Institute of Ecology,Beijing Normal University,Beijing 100875,China; ②Senior Editor,China Forestry Publishing House,Beijing 100009,China;Functions and Underlying Mechanisms of Chemical Communication in Animals[J];Chinese Journal of Nature;2010-01
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