• Relative efficacy of male and female conspecific urine in masking shyness behaviour in Indian gerbil,Tatera indica

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      Bait-shyness; behaviour; conspecific urine; Tatera indica ; poison-aversion; zinc phosphide

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      In a choice test, the Indian gerbils,T. indica preferred urine-mixed food over ordinary millet indicating a phago-stimulant nature of conspecific urine. The experiments also revealed that addition of conspecific urine mitigates the poison aversion and bait shyness behaviour significantly, as a result of which zinc phosphide poisoning can be attempted a second time in a sequence, thus enhancing the control success.T. indica showed a clear preference for urine of the same sex which suggests that the active attractant in the urine has no sex attraction.

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      Saroj Kumari1 Ishwar Prakash1

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