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On the Social Behavior in a Stable Group of Long-Tailed Field Mice (Apodemus Sylvaticus). I. an Interpretation of Defensive Postures

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The social behavior of a group of four adult (2 ♂ ♂ and 2 ♀ ♀) long-tailed field mice (Apodernus sylvaticus) living together for a long period of time in a large terrarium is described and analyzed. As a rule, the social behavior patterns correspond to those described for other rodent species. Analysis of the occurrence of encounters involving defensive postures with other types of encounters, and the behavior of the mice before they display defensive postures suggest that not only attack and flight, but also amicable and non-social tendencies could be involved in the elicitation of this type of behavior.

Affiliations: 1: Institut de biologie animale et de zoologie, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland


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