• A study on olfactory communication signals in sambar deer,Cervus unicolor

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      Cervus unicolor ; olfactory signals; scent marking; preorbital marking; forehead rubbing; pedal marking

    • Abstract


      The olfactory communication signals in eleven individuals of sambar deer were studied. They marked the objects in the enclosure with the secretions of diverse specialized integumentary glands. The tendency to sniff the marked sites was more consistent among females than in males. Both sexes of this species of deer depend considerably on olfactory cues during various social interactions.

    • Author Affiliations


      Eugene Mary1 M Balakrishnan2

      1. Department of Zoology, Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum - 695015, India
      2. Department of Zoology, University of Kerala, Kariyavattam, Trivandrum - 695 581, India
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