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    • Keywords


      Retrieving; Tatera indica ; Latencies; Maternal behaviour

    • Abstract


      Lactating gerbils,Tatera indica indica (Hardwicke), retrieved their young, one by one, to the nests when the litters were displaced to positions away from it. The behaviour lasted for 22 days after parturition, but latencies for retrievals did not change with the growth of pups. However, the ‘grip’ used in retrieving varied with their age; pups were seized by teeth on the flank, by nape of the neck and skin on their back, in the order named. Models of pups presented to mothers were, however, ignored in another experiment.

    • Author Affiliations


      P Vasanta Kumari1 Jamil Ahmad Khan1

      1. Department of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh - 202001
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