The ontogeny of littermate preferences in juvenile golden-mantled ground squirrels: effects of rearing and relatedness

  title={The ontogeny of littermate preferences in juvenile golden-mantled ground squirrels: effects of rearing and relatedness},
  author={Warren G. Holmes},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • W. G. Holmes
  • Published 1 August 1995
  • Psychology
  • Animal Behaviour
Abstract The social preferences of captive, juvenile golden-mantled ground squirrels, Spermophilus lateralis , were studied as a first step towards explaining the development of kin-differential behaviour, which occurs frequently in the genus Spermophilus . There groups of young (four litters/group) were reared in the laboratory and then transferred as juveniles at about 36 days of age to an outdoor, semi-natural environment in which social interactions between juveniles were recorded. In group… 

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