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      Sand bathing; side rubs; ventrum drag; coat care; T. indica indica

    • Abstract


      The Indian gerbil,Tatera indica indica Hardwicke, bathes by alternately rubbing its flanks (side-rubs) in the substrate, such as sand. Bathing frequencies are ordinarily low; but significant increments follow modifications made in pelage condition. When these are asymmetrical, more actions are directed towards the treated than the untreated side. Evidently, peripheral input regulates the behaviour.

    • Author Affiliations


      P Vasanta Kumari1 Jamil Ahmad Khan1

      1. Department of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh - 202 001, India
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