Pair-specific scents in African wild dogs, Lycaon pictus, and an example of a potential method to identify signals within complex mixtures

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Jordan, N.R., Apps, P.J., Golabek, K.A. & McNutt, J.W. (2016) Pair-specific scents in African wild dogs, Lycaon pictus, and an example of a potential method to identify signals within complex mixtures. Chapter 30, In: Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 13. Ed. BA Schulte, T Goodwin & M Ferkin. New York: D. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
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Neil Jordan

Identifying the specific cues within complex signals is a key problem in animal communication research. We used a novel multivariate statistical approach to identify 19 candidate signals from almost 1000 candidate components within African wild dog urine. Testing the territorial function of these key chemicals is now feasible in the field, and is a critical stage in developing synthetic territorial signals for conservation management.

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