Attraction–Avoidance Response of Mound-Building Mouse, Mus Spicilegusin Agroecosystems to Conspecific and Heterospecific Odours

Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”, Department of Ecology and Protection of Nature, Faculty of Biology, BG-1164 Sofia, Bulgaria


SIMEONOVSKA-NIKOLOVA, D., 2016. Attraction-avoidance response of mound-building mouse, Mus spicilegusin agroecosystems to conspecifi c and heterospecifi c odours. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 22: 740–744

The behavioral responses of male mound-building mice Mus spicilegus to odours from males of their own species and odors from males of another species – house mouse Mus musculus musculus and yellow-necked mouse Apodemus flavicolliswere studied in an attraction–avoidance test in order to clarify the role of odour in their relationships in wild populations in agricultural land. The experiments were carried out in the breeding season. M. spicilegus males showed attraction to conspecific odours from the same sex, but indifference to heterospecific odours of male M. m. musculus, and avoidance to odours of male A. fl avicollis. The behavioural responses to conspecifi c and heterospecifi c odours are discussed in terms of attractiveness of odour cues, according to their signifi cance in social relationships and spacing behaviour.

Key words: behavioural response, odour discrimination, olfactory cues, Mus, Apodemus, competition

See the article as a PDF.