Chapter 23. The Laboratory Gerbil

  1. Robert Hubrecht and
  2. James Kirkwood
  1. Eva Waiblinger

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch23

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Waiblinger, E. (2010) The Laboratory Gerbil, in The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition (eds R. Hubrecht and J. Kirkwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch23

Editor Information

  1. UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK

Author Information

  1. Swiss Animal Protection SAP, Rainstrasse 53, CH-8706 Meilen, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175234

Online ISBN: 9781444318777

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Keywords:

  • laboratory gerbil;
  • Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus) - widely used species of gerbil, and gerbil-like rodents in laboratory;
  • wild type - having agouti-brown coat and cream-coloured belly;
  • senses and communication - sounds, 20 and 150 kHz with peak intensities up to 106 dB;
  • olfaction and scent marking;
  • social organisation - extended family groups and sexual suppression;
  • sudden intra-group aggression and group member expulsion;
  • gerbils, proficient diggers and gnawers - digging and gnawing opportunities;
  • infanticide, very rare - occuring in males and females;
  • laboratory gerbils, well-recognised abnormal behaviours - stereotypic digging and bar-gnawing

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological overview

  • Uses in the laboratory

  • Breeds, strains and genetics

  • Laboratory management and breeding

  • Laboratory procedures

  • Common welfare problems

  • Dedication

  • References