Effects of male social status on reproductive success and on behavior in mice (Mus musculus).

F. R. D'Amato

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Differences in reproduction as well as in behavior in the presence of females were evaluated according to dominant and subordinate male rank in albino mice, in the temporary absence of each male's antagonist. Dominant males reproduced more successfully than subordinate males. Subordinate males were generally inactive, except for displacement activities, during the first 15 min they were exposed to female partners. These findings suggest that mechanisms other than male-male interference or mating order may be operating or influencing behavior and reproductive results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-151
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of comparative psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1988


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