Scent-rubbing and status signalling by male mammals

  title={Scent-rubbing and status signalling by male mammals},
  author={L. Morris Gosling and Helen V. McKay},
There is no consensus about the function of scent-rubbing, a widespread behaviour in which mammals rub their bodies vigorously in substances, many strong-smelling and some artificial, such as rotting meat, intestinal contents and engine oil. Here we suggest that scent-rubbing is involved in status advertisement and that, as in assessment using scent marks, the mechanism used by competitors to assess potential opponents may be scent-matching. In scent-matching a resource holder is assessed… CONTINUE READING