Title

Rehousing Periadolescent Male Guinea Pigs (Cavia porcellus) Apart From Their Mothers for 24 Hours Increases Maternally Directed Sexual Behavior and Plasma Testosterone

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1999

Abstract

Periadolescent male guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) housed continuously with their mother displayed little or no sexual behavior when they were tested with her in a novel environment.However, if males were rehoused without their mother for 24 hr before testing, they frequently directed courtship and sexual behavior toward her. This effect occurred whether the mother was isolated or not during the rehousing period. In addition, rehousing without the mother produced a significant rise in the plasma testosterone levels of the males. It appears that continuous housing with the mother inhibits sexual and courtship behavior directed toward her, as well as gonadal activity, in periadolescent male guinea pigs. These effects may serve to prevent inbreeding.

DOI

10.1037//0735-7036.113.4.435

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