• Observations on the social behaviour of the Indian desert gerbil,Meriones hurrianae

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      Meriones ; social behaviour; scent marking; thumping; gerbil; aggression

    • Abstract


      Socio-behavioural components (fighting, chasing, scent marking, thumping, digging and kick back) were studied in a group of Indian desert gerbil,Meriones hurrianae in a Rattery (13 × 7 m). Male gerbils were found to be more active and performed all the aggressive acls at a higher frequency (F< 0.01) than the females, indicating that social organization inM. hurrianae is male-dominated. It was revealed that this gerbil is not contact-prone in nature and the associates in a social group avoid the dominant ones. The dominant male accepts sub-dominant individuals, whereas only the dominant female performs aggressive acts. The evolution of sociability inM. hurrianae has an adaptive value of self-regulatory mechanism of population control.

    • Author Affiliations


      Saroj Kumari1 Ishiwar Prakash1

      1. Coordinating and Monitoring Centre for Rodent Research and Training, Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur - 342 003, India
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