Male-Female Interactions in Hairy-footed Gerbils (Genus Gerbillurus)
Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
1989 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Volume 83, Issue 4, pages 326–334, January-December 1989
How to Cite
Dempster, E. R. and Perrin, M. R. (1989), Male-Female Interactions in Hairy-footed Gerbils (Genus Gerbillurus). Ethology, 83: 326–334. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1989.tb00540.x
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
- Received: June 13, 1989 Accepted: September 11, 1989
Staged 10-min encounters between male and female gerbils of the same species were characterized by high levels of exploratory and solitary behaviour, variable levels of agonistic behaviour, and little contact-promoting behaviour. Female Gerbillurus paeba paeba, G. p. exilis and G. tytonis dominated males of these species, while male and female G. setzeri and G. vallinus were equally aggressive.
Results of this study indicate that G. p. paeba, G. p. exilis and G. tytonis are aggressively solitary and that females behave aggressively towards unfamiliar males, while G. setzeri and G. vallinus are more tolerant. This is in partial agreement with findings for other gerbil species.