Male courtship pheromones increase female receptivity in a plethodontid salamander

@article{Houck1990MaleCP,
  title={Male courtship pheromones increase female receptivity in a plethodontid salamander},
  author={Lynne D. Houck and Nancy L. Reagan},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1990},
  volume={39},
  pages={729-734}
}
A recombinant courtship pheromone affects sexual receptivity in a plethodontid salamander.
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The recombinant PRF (rPRF) is one of only 2 synthesized vertebrate proteins to retain full biological activity and appears to mimic the activity of a mixture of PRF isoforms, as well as a combination of multiple different proteins that comprise the male courtship gland extract.
Dermal Application of Courtship Pheromones Does Not Influence Receptivity in Female Red-Legged Salamanders (Plethodon shermani)
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Female Red-Legged Salamanders (Plethodon shermani) are not stimulated by pheromones delivered dermally and it is inferred that this condition may characterize all the members of the P. glutinosus group, which use olfactory peromone delivery.
Conspecific and heterospecific pheromone effects on female receptivity
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The results suggest that the courtship pheromone signal and function may be conserved across related species, with mate discrimination occurring before phersomone delivery.
Proteinaceous pheromone affecting female receptivity in a terrestrial salamander.
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A 22-kilodalton protein was isolated from the submandibular (mental) gland of the male terrestrial salamander, Plethodon jordani, and experimentally delivered to the female during courtship and shown to increase female receptivity.
Population Variation in Salamander Courtship Pheromones
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Gland extracts from individuals revealed that males within a population differ in the relative amounts of the glandular components as well as in the presence and absence of components, including PRF.
Interactive report P activation of vomeronasal neurons in plethodontid
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It is suggested that a specific population of vomeronasal neurons in a female plethodontid salamander is responsible for transmitting pheromonal information to the brain to produce modifications in behavior.
INSEMINATION TEMPORARILY INHIBITS SEXUAL RESPONSIVENESS IN FEMALE SALAMANDERS (DESMOGNATHUS OCHROPHAEUS)
After successful courtship and mating in the mountain dusky salamander (Desmognathus ochrophaeus), sperm masses remained externally visible in the cloacae of females for as long as 24 h (Experiment
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