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Solitary subterranean rodents with a low frequency of direct contact between conspecifics are expected to use chemical communication to coordinate social and reproductive behavior. We examined whether reproductive tuco-tucos (Ctenomys talarum) were able to discriminate the reproductive condition, sex, and source population of conspecifics by means of(More)
The ability of the tuco-tucoCtenomys talarum Thomas, 1898 to recognize sex by olfactory cues contained in urine, faeces and soiled shavings was tested by using preference tests. Nonbreeding tuco-tucos selected odours from opposite-sex rather than same-sex conspecifics. This pattern differed between sexes: females spent more time sniffing male than female(More)
The present work describes the association between environmental variables and reproductive seasonality in wild femaleCtenomys talarum Thomas, 1898. We assessed monthly variation in external reproductive features and vaginal smears of free-living females over a year-long period. We examined the relationship between frequency of lactating and pregnant(More)
The tuco-tucoCtenomys talarum Thomas, 1898 is a solitary subterranean rodent that breeds seasonally in coastal sand-dune grasslands from Argentina. We assessed whether short-day photoperiod determines the onset of reproduction by an increase in female’s receptivity and whether male odour interacts with photoperiod as a cue by producing a greater response in(More)
The ability to recognize familiar conspecifics plays an important role at the time of choosing a mating partner in rodents. A laboratory study using preference test was used in order to test the hypothesis that, in the polygynous subterranean rodent Ctenomys talarum, females prefer novel males when offered two odors, or individuals (one familiar and one(More)
Ctenomys talarum is a solitary and highly territorial species in which dominant males aggressively deter other males and monopolize reproductive activity. Female preference for dominant males is not easy to assess due to coercive mating by males. Hence, we aimed to answer if behavioural dominance and several condition-related traits like testosterone and(More)
In the present study, we evaluated whether reproductive condition affects female reproductive behaviour in the induced ovulator Ctenomys talarum. We also explored the effect of the interaction with a male on the reproductive condition of females. To evaluate this, we arranged mating trials and evaluated female reproductive behaviour. Reproductive status of(More)
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