Acoustic Signals in Mouse Maternal Behavior: Retrieving and Cannibalism
Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
1977 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Volume 45, Issue 3, pages 321–324, January-December 1977
How to Cite
Busnel, R. G. and Lehmann, A. (1977), Acoustic Signals in Mouse Maternal Behavior: Retrieving and Cannibalism. Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, 45: 321–324. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1977.tb02124.x
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
- Received: April 26, 1977 Accepted: May 31, 1977
The purpose of this study was to show that juvenile acoustic signals are not essential prerequisites for inhibiting parental aggression or for eliciting maternal care.
This was demonstrated by comparing the behavior of Rb-3 and GFF+/+ female mice with normal audition and that of a deaf mutant GFF dn/dn.
243 ♀♀ and 609 litters were used to measure cannibalism and 54 ♀♀ to measure speed of retrieval.
Neither rate of cannibalism nor speed of retrieval were modified by deafness, thus verifying the proposed hypothesis.