Anogenital gland secretions of Lemur catta and Propithecus verreauxi coquereli: A preliminary chemical examination

Hayes, R. A., Morelli, T. L. and Wright, P. C. (2004) Anogenital gland secretions of Lemur catta and Propithecus verreauxi coquereli: A preliminary chemical examination. American Journal of Primatology, 63 2: 49-62. doi:10.1002/ajp.20038


Author Hayes, R. A.
Morelli, T. L.
Wright, P. C.
Title Anogenital gland secretions of Lemur catta and Propithecus verreauxi coquereli: A preliminary chemical examination
Journal name American Journal of Primatology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1098-2345
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/ajp.20038
Volume 63
Issue 2
Start page 49
End page 62
Total pages 14
Place of publication New York
Publisher Wiley-Liss
Language eng
Abstract Although prosimians are greatly olfaction-oriented, little is known about the specifics of how they use scent to communicate. In this preliminary study we attempted to delineate intra- and interspecific differences among the anogenital gland secretions of two lemur species (Lemur catta and Propithecus verreauxi coquereli) using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The results indicate that the two species are discernible through scent. Furthermore, we were able to identify reproductive status using this technique. The anogenital secretions of the different sexes in L. catta, though perhaps not P. v. coquereli, are chemically distinguishable. Given this information, it appears that at least some lemur species can use scent marks to determine species, sex, and reproductive status. (C) 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Keyword Zoology
Lemur
Scent Marking
Chemical Fingerprint
Olfaction
Gas Chromatography-mass Spectrometry
Prosimian Primate
Ring-tailed Lemurs
Gas-chromatographic Analyses
Wild European Rabbit
Scent-marking
Chin Gland
Olfactory Demarcation
Oryctolagus-cuniculus
Female Dominance
Home-range
Discrimination
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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