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Title: Life history costs of olfactory status signalling in mice
Authors: Gosling, L Morris
Roberts, S Craig
Thornton, E A
Andrew, M J
Contact Email: craig.roberts@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: status signals
olfaction
life history costs
laboratory mice
Issue Date: Sep-2000
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Gosling LM, Roberts SC, Thornton EA & Andrew MJ (2000) Life history costs of olfactory status signalling in mice, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 48 (4), pp. 328-332.
Abstract: Large body size confers a competitive advantage in animal contests but does not always determine the outcome. Here we explore the trade-off between short-term achievement of high social status and longer-term life history costs in animals which vary in competitive ability. Using laboratory mice, Mus musculus, as a model system, we show that small competitors can initially maintain dominance over larger males by increasing investment in olfactory status signalling (scent-marking), but only at the cost of reduced growth rate and body size. As a result they become more vulnerable to dominance reversals later in life. Our results also provide the first empirical information about life history costs of olfactory status signals.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/10905
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s002650000242
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Affiliation: Newcastle University
Psychology
Zoological Society of London
Zoological Society of London

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