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

@article{Manning1995CommunalNA,
  title={Communal nesting and communal nursing in house mice, Mus musculus domesticus},
  author={Christopher J. Manning and Donald A. Dewsbury and Edward K. Wakeland and Wayne K Potts},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1995},
  volume={50},
  pages={741-751}
}
Abstract The functional significance of communal nesting and nursing is poorly understood. Female house mice often communally nest, and within these communal nests females appear to indiscriminately nurse all pups, a rare trait for any mammal. In this study, the hypothesis that communal nesting provides protection from conspecific infanticide was tested and supported in semi-natural populations of house mice. Conspecific infanticide in single-mother nests (69%, N = 412) was twice that in… CONTINUE READING
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