Studies of Maternal Behavior in Spiny Mice (Acomys cahirinus)

Authors

  • Richard H. Porter,

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    1. The John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Education and Human Development, George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tennessee
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  • Dr. Helen M. Doane

    1. The John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Education and Human Development, George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tennessee
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John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Education and Human Development, George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tennessee 37203.

Abstract

The present report represents an initial study of maternal behavior in Acomys cahirinus. Specificity of maternal responsiveness to own vs. other infants, and agonistic behavior between recently parturient ♀♀ were recorded for groups containing two lactating ♀♀ and their offspring. In order to assess the role of experience and physiological factors in the control of maternal behavior, several classes of adult ♀♀ were tested for their retrieval of conspecific neonates.

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