Communal nesting and communal nursing in house mice, Mus musculus domesticus

  title={Communal nesting and communal nursing in house mice, Mus musculus domesticus
  author={Cynthia J. Manning and Donald A. Dewsbury and Edward K. Wakeland and Wayne K Potts},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
To nest communally or not to nest communally: a review of rodent communal nesting and nursing
  • L. Hayes
  • Environmental Science
    Animal Behaviour
  • 2000
It is argued that communal Nursing may not be adaptive as mothers may be forced to share milk with nonoffspring in large communal nests (i.e. communal nursing may be a cost associated with communal nesting), and proposed directions for future study that may improve the understanding of communal nesting and nursing in the wild.
Reproductive asynchrony and infanticide in house mice breeding communally
Female nursing partner choice in a population of wild house mice (Mus musculus domesticus)
The findings suggest that communal nursing was not a by-product of sharing the same nesting sites, but females choose communal nursing partners from a group of genetically similar females, and ultimately the decision may depend on the pool of options available.
Communal nursing in wild house mice is not a by-product of group living: Females choose
The results argue that females are selective in their choice of nursing partners and provide further support that communal nursing with the right partner is adaptive.
No evidence for punishment in communally nursing female house mice (Mus musculus domesticus)
It is found that the costs of losing a partner in a communally breeding species might be too high and hinder the evolution of punishment, and the role of punishment in cooperating non-human animals is questioned.
Socially mediated polyandry: a new benefit of communal nesting in mammals
It is proposed that females could socially obtain the same benefits by nesting communally as multiple paternity in preventing infanticide, and may also occur in other infanticidal and polytocous species where the caring parent exhibits social behavior.
Communal nesting and discriminative nursing by captive degus, Octodon degus
Parental and Alloparental Care in a Polygynous Mammal
It is indicated that sisters can form stable cooperative relationships, but members of a communal nest allocate their caregiving to individual offspring according to potential trade-offs between direct and indirect fitness benefits.


An Ethological Analysis of Communal Nursing By the House Mouse (Mus Musculus)
It appeared that communal nursing had little influence on adult emotional behavior and females and their young, separated from similar groups by a barrier consistently combined their young into a common nest when the barrier was lifted.
Communal nesting patterns in mice implicate MHC genes in kin recognition
This is the first vertebrate study to meet Grafen's restrictive requirements and provide evidence from seminatural populations that females prefer communal nesting partners that share allelic forms of major histocompatibility complex genes.
Current Problems in the Study of Infanticidal Behavior of Rodents
It is maintained that infanticide is an overt behavioral manifestation with many motivational bases; the same behavior may increase individual fitness of both males and females, but for different reasons.
The Reproductive Ecology of the House Mouse
  • F. Bronson
  • Biology, Environmental Science
    The Quarterly Review of Biology
  • 1979
The reproductive biology of the house mouse seems uniquely suited to support ecological opportunism, and the relatively few environmental inhibitors of reproduction in this species should enhance the ability of dispersing young to colonize an exceptionally wide variety of habitats and climates.
The Evolution of Alloparental Care and Adoption in Mammals and Birds
  • M. Riedman
  • Biology
    The Quarterly Review of Biology
  • 1982
Alloparental care and adoption of young, aparently altruistic and reproductively costly behaviors, have been reported in over 120 mammalian and 150 avian species. Members of these taxonomically and
Social Behavior, Reproduction, and Population Changes in the House Mouse (Mus musculus L.)
The present study of the interrelations of social behavior, reproduction, and population changes in the house mouse (Mus musculus L.) was undertaken in an effort to understand some of the aspects of