An olfactory recognition system in the ferret Mustela furo L. (Carnivora: Mustelidae)

@article{Clapperton1988AnOR,
  title={An olfactory recognition system in the ferret Mustela furo L. (Carnivora: Mustelidae)},
  author={B. Clapperton and E. O. Minot and D. Crump},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1988},
  volume={36},
  pages={541-553}
}
Abstract This study demonstrates that ferrets can use variations in odours from anal sac secretions as a communication system. Odour preference tests showed that ferrets can discriminate between male and female ferret anal sac odours, between strange and familiar, familiar and their own, and fresh and 1-day-old odours. They did not discriminate between fresh and 2-h-old odours, nor did male ferrets discriminate between the odours of oestrous and anoestrous females. Ferrets were more attracted… Expand
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