Male social status, physiology, and ability to block pregnancies in female house mice (Mus musculus)

@article{Labov2004MaleSS,
  title={Male social status, physiology, and ability to block pregnancies in female house mice (Mus musculus)},
  author={Jay B. Labov},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={8},
  pages={287-291}
}
1. Dominant and subordinate male house mice (Mus musculus) were examined for differences in ability to induce a pregnancy block (Bruce effect) in recently inseminated female conspecifics. 2. A male became behaviorally dominant or subordinate by one or two daily 15-min agonistic encounters with one other male for 5 months. Social status was monitored by the outcome of daily fighting, urine-marking patterns, and the ability of the animals' urine to increase uterine weights in prepubertal females… CONTINUE READING

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