Flehmen: Its occurrence and possible functions in feral goats

O'brien P.H. (1982) Flehmen: Its occurrence and possible functions in feral goats. Animal Behaviour, 30 4: . doi:10.1016/S0003-3472(82)80190-5


Author O'brien P.H.
Title Flehmen: Its occurrence and possible functions in feral goats
Journal name Animal Behaviour   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-3472
Publication date 1982-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0003-3472(82)80190-5
Volume 30
Issue 4
Total pages 1
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
1105 Dentistry
Abstract Flehmen is a behaviour characterized by an open mouth and the upper lip curled back and up. It is given by feral goats of both sexes. Males give flehmen most often in response to the urine of females, but also to their own urine and to the urine of other males. Females give flehmen and a related behaviour, riech-gähnen, after sniffing their own and unrelated neonates. Flehmen in the feral goat may function in the olfaction of a number of compounds, enabling males to assess oestrus in females and the relative condition of other males, and females to differentiate between their own and unrelated neonates. Two functional classes can be recognized: monitoring processes, involving regular, frequent testing, and discriminatory learning processes, involving relatively rare decision-making. It is emphasized that the relative frequency of flehmen in different contexts may not reflect its biological significance.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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