Chemical Cues Identify Gender and Individuality in Giant Pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)

@article{Hagey2003ChemicalCI,
  title={Chemical Cues Identify Gender and Individuality in Giant Pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)},
  author={Lee R. Hagey and E. P. Macdonald},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2003},
  volume={29},
  pages={1479-1488}
}
The Giant panda communicates with conspecifics by depositing a mixture of volatile compounds (called scent marks) on trees and rocks. Using mass spectrometry, we identified 951 chemical components from scent glands, urine, vaginal secretions, and scent marks made by pandas. The scent marks of the two genders contained a similar array of chemicals but varied in concentration; specifically, males possessed a significantly greater amount of short chain fatty acids (F(1, 29) = 18.4, P = 0.002… CONTINUE READING
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