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Latrine use by the short-beaked echidna, Tachyglossus aculeatus

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Sprent, JA and Andersen, NA and Nicol, SC (2005) Latrine use by the short-beaked echidna, Tachyglossus aculeatus. Australian Mammalogy, 28. pp. 131-133. ISSN 0310-0049

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Abstract

In mammals the basic functions of defaecation and
urination have an inherent secondary function of
chemical communication (Eisenberg 1981), and
mammals have evolved a variety of behaviours based
on these means of communication. Many mammals,
particularly carnivores such as European badgers
(Meles meles) (Stewart et al. 2002), honey badgers
(Mellivora capensis) (Begg et al. 2003), and quolls
(Dasyurus spp.) (Kruuk and Jarman 1995; Oakwood
2002), but also non-carnivorous species such as the
rabbits (Sneddon 1991), leave accumulations of
faeces, or latrines, that may serve a number of social
functions, such as the marking of territories and the
maintenance of dominance hierarchies.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: monotreme, echidna, behaviour, latrine, home range, scent marking, faeces, scats
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Mammalogy
Page Range: pp. 131-133
ISSN: 0310-0049
Additional Information:

Publication of the Australian Mammal Society

Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:13
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