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Rehousing Periadolescent Male Guinea Pigs (Cavia porcellus) Apart From Their Mothers for 24 Hours Increases Maternally Directed Sexual Behavior and Plasma Testosterone
Journal of Comparative Psychology
  • Deborah S. Maken
  • Michael B. Hennessy, Wright State University - Main Campus
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
12-1-1999
Abstract
Periadolescent male guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) housed continuously with their mother displayed little or no sexual behavior when they were tested with her in a novel environment.However, if males were rehoused without their mother for 24 hr before testing, they frequently directed courtship and sexual behavior toward her. This effect occurred whether the mother was isolated or not during the rehousing period. In addition, rehousing without the mother produced a significant rise in the plasma testosterone levels of the males. It appears that continuous housing with the mother inhibits sexual and courtship behavior directed toward her, as well as gonadal activity, in periadolescent male guinea pigs. These effects may serve to prevent inbreeding.
DOI
10.1037//0735-7036.113.4.435
Citation Information
Deborah S. Maken and Michael B. Hennessy. "Rehousing Periadolescent Male Guinea Pigs (Cavia porcellus) Apart From Their Mothers for 24 Hours Increases Maternally Directed Sexual Behavior and Plasma Testosterone" Journal of Comparative Psychology Vol. 113 Iss. 4 (1999) p. 435 - 442 ISSN: 0735-7036
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_hennessy/94/