Flashcards in Reproductive Behaviour 4 Deck (12)
What is the difference between oestrous and oestrus?
Oestrous is an adjective used to describe the oestrus cycle or some aspect of it
Oestrus is a noun indicating the period of sexual receptivity
What are the three important characteristics of female sexual behaviour?
What are the two important characteristics of male sexual behaviour?
1. Sexual motivation- libido or sex drive
2. Mating competency- ability to copulate
What is a free running horse?
A feral, semi feral or pasture bred horse where they have year round interaction with a harem of mares
What is in hand breeding of horses?
The mare and stallion are likely to meet only for copulation
How does a male dog identify if a bitch is in oestrus?
By licking and sniffing at her urine, anal gland secretions and vulvar secretions
Why do dogs not display the flehmen response?
Because their lips are too firmly attached to their upper jaw
How do cats determine if I queen is in oestrus?
Licking and sniffing at her perineal area
What is a coital cry in cats?
As the penis is withdrawn, the reverse facing barbed ridges around it cause pain to the female cat
What is the main stimulus which releases mounting behaviour in some males?
Visual rather than pheromones
Immobile structure looking more or less like a conspecific animal initiated mounting behaviour in males
What is the male effect in animals?
Introduction of a male brings about oestrus quicker than if no male was present