Patterns of Copulatory Behavior in Male Mammals

  title={Patterns of Copulatory Behavior in Male Mammals},
  author={Donald A. Dewsbury},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  pages={1 - 33}
  • D. Dewsbury
  • Published 1 March 1972
  • Psychology
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
A schema for systematic inquiry into different patterns of copulatory behavior in male mammals i proposed. Three stages in the development of a complete analysis are isolated: classification, elaboration, and experimental analysis. A classification schema based on four attributes is proposed. Species may or may not display a lock, thrusting during intromissions, multiple intromissions, and multiple ejaculations. Literature on species-typical patterns is reviewed in terms of these attributes. 
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