Current problems in the study of infanticidal behavior of rodents

  • Labov J
  • Huck U
  • Elwood R
 et al. 
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Abstract

The reproductive strategy of many mammalian species that give birth to altricial young involves intense and prolonged care of their offspring. In most cases, the mother provides all nurturance, but in some cases fathers, older siblings, or unrelated conspecifics participate in parental care. The display of these behaviors by animals other than mothers is affected by numerous factors, including their sex. We herein review the literature on similarities and/or differences between male and female laboratory rodents (rats, mice, voles, gerbils, and hamsters)

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Authors

  • Jay B. Labov

  • U. William Huck

  • Robert W. Elwood

  • Ronald J. Brooks

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