Behaviour of the koala, phascolarctos cinereus (goldfuss), in captivity v*. sexual behaviour

Smith M. (1980) Behaviour of the koala, phascolarctos cinereus (goldfuss), in captivity v*. sexual behaviour. Wildlife Research, 7 1: 41-51. doi:10.1071/WR9800041


Author Smith M.
Title Behaviour of the koala, phascolarctos cinereus (goldfuss), in captivity v*. sexual behaviour
Journal name Wildlife Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-3712
Publication date 1980-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/WR9800041
Open Access Status
Volume 7
Issue 1
Start page 41
End page 51
Total pages 11
Subject 2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
1105 Dentistry
Abstract At the height of the breeding season male koalas frequently attempted copulation. These attempts were often apparently spontaneous, but many followed bellowing or agonistic interactions. Sexual behaviour began at 3 y old in males, except for penile erections, which sometimes occurred in younger males. Males performed no courtship behaviour. Behavioural oestrus was brief, and consisted of four distinct types of activity: jerking, bellowing, mild aggression towards the male, and pseudomale behaviour. Oestrous females could become very excited by the presence of a male, and the four activities were very flexible in their expression. Copulation itself was quite brief and consisted of mounting, thrusting, convulsions, and disengagement. The pair were always in a vertical position in a tree, the male grasping the female's neck in his jaws.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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