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Mammalian Pheromones

  1. Debra Ann Fadool

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003379



How to Cite

Fadool, D. A. 2005. Mammalian Pheromones. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. The Florida State University, Florida, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005


Pheromones are a vehicle for chemical communication in vertebrates and serve to relay information important for reproduction, mate selection, species and gender identification and social status. Activation of cellular signalling cascades in the vomeronasal organ combined with hormonal changes mediating reproduction are driven by pheromones that must be transduced from an external chemical message into an electrical signal read by the central nervous system.


  • vomeronasal;
  • olfaction;
  • smell;
  • mating;
  • reproduction