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Sex and age-specific differences in ultraviolet reflectance of scent marks of bank voles (Clethrionomys glareolus).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10633557     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Scent markings of voles are visible via their ultraviolet reflection. Kestrels, and possibly other diurnal raptors, may use this property when hunting. We performed a laboratory study on bank voles to determine whether UV-reflectance of scent marks differs in relation to sex, age and social status. When reflectance spectra of scent marks were measured with a spectro-radiometer, we found UV reflectance to be strongest in mature males. There were no differences between mature females and immature juveniles, nor between sexes in juveniles or mature and immature individuals in females. Moreover, we did not find any difference in UV reflectance between dominant and subordinate mature males. The results of this study support earlier findings that UV sensitive predators may use UV reflectance of scent marks as a prey cue. Consequently, studies on differing vulnerability of voles to avian predators should take into account not only their space use and behaviour but also the UV reflectance of their scent marks.
M Koivula; E Koskela; J Viitala
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of comparative physiology. A, Sensory, neural, and behavioral physiology     Volume:  185     ISSN:  -     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Comp. Physiol. A     Publication Date:  1999 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-02-01     Completed Date:  2000-02-01     Revised Date:  2014-07-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8413199     Medline TA:  J Comp Physiol A     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  561-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Aging / physiology*
Animal Communication*
Arvicolinae / physiology*
Scattering, Radiation
Sex Characteristics*
Sexual Maturation
Social Dominance
Ultraviolet Rays*

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