Different patterns of biting attack employed by lactating female mice (Mus domesticus) in encounters with male and female conspecific intruders.

@article{Parmigiani1988DifferentPO,
  title={Different patterns of biting attack employed by lactating female mice (Mus domesticus) in encounters with male and female conspecific intruders.},
  author={Stefano Parmigiani and P. F. Brain and D Mainardi and V Brunoni},
  journal={Journal of comparative psychology},
  year={1988},
  volume={102 3},
  pages={287-93}
}
Attacks by resident lactating female mice were examined in a variety of situations. Relatively few attack bites to vulnerable body regions were seen when pairs of unfamiliar lactating females fought, establishing social status prior to communal nesting. Sexually naive male and female intruders were equally prone to attack by lactating females, but patterns of bite attack generated by them were very different; males received the more damaging attacks. More signs of "fear" were seen in the… CONTINUE READING