Sex-differences in the Agonistic Behavior of Spiny-mice (Acomys cahirinus)
Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
1976 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 100–108, January-December 1976
How to Cite
Porter, R. H. (1976), Sex-differences in the Agonistic Behavior of Spiny-mice (Acomys cahirinus). Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, 40: 100–108. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1976.tb00928.x
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
Observations of 8 groups each containing three adult spiny mice (Acomys cahirinus) revealed that instances of chasing and physical displacement were quite common, while fighting and biting were rarely observed. The relationships between the most frequent behavioral categories were presented in a correlation matrix.
In a second, study, ♀♀ tested in their home cages were dominant over ♂♂ In the ♂♂ home cages, however, no differences in the frequency of ♀ vs. ♂ aggression were observed. More instances of aggression were observed in the cages of the ♀♀ than in the cages of the ♂♂.