Responses of Captive Aye-Ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis) to the Scent of Conspecifics- A Preliminary Investigation

Price, E.C and Feistner, A.T.C (1994) Responses of Captive Aye-Ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis) to the Scent of Conspecifics- A Preliminary Investigation. Folia Primatologica, 62 (1-3). pp. 170-174. ISSN 0015-5713. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The ability of 6 captive aye-ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis) to discriminate scents from conspecifics of different age-sex classes was tested. The animals were presented with either unscented logs or logs that had been placed in: (1) their own cage, (2) the cages of adult males or (3) the cages of adult females with female offspring. Responses to the logs, measured by approaching, proximity, tapping, gnawing, sniffing, scent marking and vocalizations, were recorded for 30 min following presentation. Logs from females with offspring provoked the highest responses, and immature aye-ayes investigated logs more than adults of either sex. These results suggest that, as in many other prosimians, olfaction plays an important role in the communication systems of aye-ayes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: daubentonia madagascariensis; aye-aye; olfaction; scent discrimination; communication; scent marking
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: O.O. Odanye
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2009 08:10
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2009 08:10
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/19963 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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