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  • 1 Rehab Department, School of Physical Therapy, Slippery Rock University Southland, Norwalk, CA 90650, USA, Slippery Rock, PA 16057, USA
  • | 2 Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physical Therapy, Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA, Pittsburgh, PA 15282, USA
  • | 3 Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Oral Medicine and Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
  • | 4 Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
  • | 5 Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, University of Louisville, Section of Mammals, Carnegie Museum of Natural History School of Medicine, Louisville, KY 40292, USA, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA (affiliated)
  • | 6 School of Physical Therapy, Slippery Rock University, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, Section of Mammals, Carnegie Museum of Natural History Slippery Rock, PA 16057, USA, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA (affiliated)
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Most studies on mammalian vomeronasal organ (VNO) have been on laboratory-bred animals. Our present study examines the VNO in wild-caught meadow voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus; n=16) and prairie voles (M. ochrogaster; n=15). These species vary in their mating strategies and degree of parental care by males. M. ochrogaster exhibits pair bonding and more paternal care compared to M. pennsylvanicus, a promiscuous species. We hypothesize that sexual dimorphism will occur in the promiscuous species based on previous studies which suggest that those who exhibit more aggressive or masculine behavior have larger VNOs. Our results support our original finding that VNOs are not different in size in wild Microtus spp. that vary in male parental tendencies. However, the present study also indicates that M. pennsylvanicus, the species exhibiting more disparate parental tendencies, exhibited larger VNOs in females than males. This is the reverse of previous findings on rats, and we hypothesize that this difference may be due to mate selectivity and/or maternal aggression.

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    1. Csányi, Vilmos (Göd)
    1. Dudits, Dénes (Szeged)
    1. Falus, András (Budapest)
    1. Fischer, Ernő (Pécs)
    1. Gábriel, Róbert (Pécs)
    1. Gulya, Károly (Szeged)
    1. Gulyás, Balázs (Stockholm)
    1. Hajós, Ferenc (Budapest)
    1. Hámori, József (Budapest)
    1. Heszky, László (Gödöllő)
    1. Hideg, Éva (Szeged)
    1. E. Ito (Sanuki)
    1. Janda, Tibor (Martonvásár)
    1. Kavanaugh, Michael P. (Missoula)
    1. Kása, Péter (Szeged)
    1. Klein, Éva (Stockholm)
    1. Kovács, János (Budapest)
    1. Brigitte Mauch-Mani (Neuchâtel)
    1. Nässel, Dick R. (Stockholm)
    1. Nemcsók, János (Szeged)
    1. Péczely, Péter (Gödöllő)
    1. Roberts, D. F. (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
    1. Sakharov, Dimitri A. (Moscow)
    1. Singh, Meharvan (Fort Worth)
    1. Sipiczky, Mátyás (Debrecen)
    1. Szeberényi, József (Pécs)
    1. Székely, György (Debrecen)
    1. Tari, Irma (Szeged)
    1. Vágvölgyi, Csaba (Szeged),
    1. L. Zaborszky (Newark)

 

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