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

  title={An olfactory recognition system in the ferret Mustela furo L. (Carnivora: Mustelidae)},
  author={Barbara Kay Clapperton and Edward O. Minot and Douglas R. Crump},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Scent-marking behaviour of the ferret, Mustela furo L.
Effects of vomeronasal organ removal on olfactory sex discrimination and odor preferences of female ferrets.
The VNO is apparently not required for olfactory sex discrimination or mate recognition in this carnivore, but instead may play a role in promoting continued contact with nonvolatile body odors previously deposited by opposite-sex conspecifics during territorial scent marking.
The Ferret's vomeronasal organ and accessory olfactory bulb: Effect of hormone manipulation in adult males and females
The male ferret's AOB is found to be more medially located and much smaller than previously reported in this species, thus highlighting the importance of using several histochemical markers to characterize this structure in any previously unexamined species.
Responses to inter- and intraspecific scent marks in pine martens (Martes martes)
It is suggested that scent marking in martens may reflect “autocommunication,” the primary effect being to familiarize an animal with its environment.
Exploiting interspecific olfactory communication to monitor predators.
The results support the hypothesis that apex predator odor would lead to increased detections, and a long-life lure derived from apex predator kairomones could have practical value, especially when there are plentiful resources that reduce the efficiency of food-based lures.
Urinary Olfactory Chemosignals in Lactating Females Show More Attractness to Male Root Voles (Microtus oeconomus)
The pheromones that animals secrete externally are used to communicate with conspecific receivers, which react by behavioral response or developmental process (Wyatt 2003).
Differential activation of glomeruli in the ferret's main olfactory bulb by anal scent gland odours from males and females: an early step in mate identification
It is shown directly that volatile anal scent gland odourants from male and female ferrets activated overlapping but distinguishable clusters of glomeruli located in the ventral–caudal portion of the main olfactory bulb of breeding ferrets of both sexes.


Responses of hamsters to scent marks of different ages.
A Reassessment of the Function of Scent Marking in Territories
The energetic costs and the risk of injury in agonistic encounters can be reduced by prior assessment of opponents: it will generally pay low quality animals to avoid combat with one of high quality.
Scent-marking with the subcaudal gland by the European badger, Meles meles L.
Mammalian Social Odors: A Critical Review
Chemical and Behavioral Complexity in Mammalian Chemical Communication Systems: Guinea Pigs ( Cavia Porcellus ), Marmosets ( Saguinus Fuscicollis ) and Humans ( Homo Sapiens )
With the establishment that volatiles in excreted body fluids play a significant role in mammalian communication organic chemists have become interested in the isolation and identification of these compounds.
Movements and home range of ferrets (Mustela furo) at Pukepuke Lagoon, New Zealand
Abstract Ferrets at Pukepuke Lagoon were live-trapped during the periods November 1970 to August 1973 and January 1976 to July 1977. Although the sex ratio of the 75 trapped ferrets was equal, there
Agonistic behaviour and dominance in stoats (Mustela erminea L.).
  • S. Erlinge
  • Psychology
    Zeitschrift fur Tierpsychologie
  • 1977
Behavioural mechanisms underlying distribution in a stoat (Mustela erminea) population were examined experimentally in an enclosure simulating natural habitats with living prey, and the behaviour of established introduced animals was observed.