Social functions of the sub-caudal scent gland secretion of the European badger Metes metes (Carnivora: Mustelidae)



This paper describes aspects of the biological function of the sub-caudal scent gland of the European badger. Chemical analyses of the secretion reveal that it contains information potentially useful in allowing individual identity and group membership. There is no evidence that the secretion contains information on the sex of its producer.