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Absence of reproductive suppression in young adult female striped mice living in their natal family

Authors
  • Schradin, Carsten
  • Pillay, Neville1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • 1 Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
  • 2 University of Zurich
  • 3 School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • 4 University of the Witwatersrand
  • 5 Université de Strasbourg
  • 6 IPHC-DEPE
  • 7 CNRS
  • 8 UMR7178
Type
Published Article
Journal
Animal Behaviour
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2014
Accepted Date
Jan 09, 2014
Volume
90
Pages
141–148
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.01.029
Source
Elsevier
Keywords
License
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Abstract

•We studied alternative reproductive tactics in female striped mice.•We tested for reproductive suppression as observed in the males of the same species.•Of 17 litters, we kept one female in the family while her sister was kept singly.•Females did not differ in time of puberty, corticosterone or progesterone levels.•Reproductive suppression cannot explain why in the field young females do not breed.

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