Giant panda scent-marking strategies in the wild: role of season, sex and marking surface

  title={Giant panda scent-marking strategies in the wild: role of season, sex and marking surface},
  author={Yonggang Nie and R. Swaisgood and Z. Zhang and Y. Hu and Fuwen Wei},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • Yonggang Nie, R. Swaisgood, +2 authors Fuwen Wei
  • Published 2012
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Scent marking entails significant energetic and opportunity costs that demand efficiency. Signal detection theory offers a theoretical framework that generates testable hypotheses regarding where animals should place scent signals in the environment in a way that maximizes their probability of detection by target receivers while minimizing costs of production and distribution. Solitary and reliant on chemical communication, the giant panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca, offers an interesting model to… CONTINUE READING
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