Maternal Effects in Fissiped Carnivores

Kay E. Holekamp and Stephanie M. Dloniak

in Maternal Effects in Mammals

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226501192
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226501222 | DOI:
Maternal Effects in Fissiped Carnivores

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This chapter describes a wide range of maternal effects on offspring development in fissiped carnivores. It discusses the influence of maternal social rank on offspring status, reproductive development, play behavior, dispersal patterns, and association patterns in spotted hyenas. This chapter also explains the mechanisms underlying these effects which include differential maternal care, nutritional variables, androgenic hormones, insulin-like growth factors, and stress hormones.

Keywords: maternal effects; fissiped carnivores; maternal social rank; reproductive development; play behavior; dispersal patterns; association patterns; spotted hyenas; maternal care; androgenic hormones

Chapter.  12396 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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