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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 28, No. 2, 2007, pp. 134-140
Bioline Code: zr07023
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2007, pp. 134-140

 en Age Differences in Behavioral Responses of Male Giant Pandas to Chemosensory Stimulation
TIAN, Hong; WEI, Rong-ping; ZHANG, Gui-quan; SUN, Ru-yong & LIU, Ding-zhen


Chemical communication plays an important role in survival and reproductive success in mammalian species. In the present study, we examined the ontogenetic pattern of behavioral responses of male giant pandas ( Ailuropoda melanoleuca check for this species in other resources ) to urine odors of conspecific individuals. Our data showed that exposure to the urine of adult females induced a significant increase in sniffing and environmental sniffing/licking behaviors, but a decrease in biting behavior, in males. Males of different ages displayed specific behaviors to female urine odors. Adult males spent more time licking than juvenile and sub-adult males. Further, sub-adult and adult males displayed high levels of environmental sniffing/licking, which was absent in the juvenile males. Juvenile males displayed scent rubbing behavior significantly more frequently than sub-adult and adult males, and also spent more time showing biting behavior than sub-adult males. Finally, juvenile and sub-adult males showed no difference in response to female and male urine odors. Together, these data suggest that chemosensory cues from conspecific urines induce age-specific responses in male giant pandas.

Giant panda, Urine odor, Chemical communication, Behavioral development

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