The ability of red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) to discriminate conspecific olfactory signatures

  title={The ability of red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) to discriminate conspecific olfactory signatures},
  author={Marion Vach{\'e} and J. Ferr{\'o}n and P. Gouat},
  journal={Canadian Journal of Zoology},
  • Marion Vaché, J. Ferrón, P. Gouat
  • Published 2001
  • Biology
  • Canadian Journal of Zoology
  • Using a habituation-dishabituation procedure, we investigated the ability of male red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) to discriminate olfactory signatures of different male conspecifics. Our results indicate that they effectively pay attention to odours from unfamiliar male conspecifics and that they invest more time sniffing litter impregnated with these unfamiliar social odours than control litters. They can also habituate themselves to a given social odour and can discriminate olfactory… CONTINUE READING

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