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A longitudinal study of dominance in an outdoor colony of domestic rats



A longitudinal study of dominance in an outdoor colony of domestic rats



Journal of Comparative Psychology 97(1): 24-33



A colony of domestic rats (Rattus norvegicus) in a large outdoor enclosure was observed daily for 15 months. In the colonising rats and their progeny, social dominance followed a 2-stage pattern. Among socially immature males aged <150 days, social interaction took the form of play fighting, and produced dominance hierarchies that were relatively unstable, non-functional in regard to activities such as copulation, and non-predictive of adult dominance.

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DOI: 10.1037/0735-7036.97.1.24



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