Sibling recognition in the beaver: a field test for phenotype matching

  title={Sibling recognition in the beaver: a field test for phenotype matching},
  author={R G Sun and MUumlLLER-SCHWARZE},
  journal={Animal behaviour},
  volume={54 3},
The hypothesis of kin recognition by phenotype matching predicts that relatives can be identified without previous contact, and/or that cues used for recognition can be learned indirectly from a third but related individual. This hypothesis was tested in the field using 22 beaver, Castor canadensisfamilies. Individually identifiable beavers were provided with a two-way choice between two experimental scent mounds, one of which was scented with the anal gland secretion (AGS) from an unfamiliar… CONTINUE READING

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