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Scent glands of the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)


McLean, S, Scent glands of the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 41, (3) pp. 193-202. ISSN 0301-4223 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 The Royal Society of New Zealand

DOI: doi:10.1080/03014223.2014.899506


The common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is an important browsing herbivore in its native Australia and in New Zealand, where it has become a major introduced pest. Possums exhibit marking behaviour, and have specialised scent glands, indicating that they use olfactory communication for social interactions. This review summarises what is known of the scent glands of the possum and some other marsupials. Although the anatomy and histology of the glands has been welldescribed, the composition of their secretions is only beginning to be characterised, and very little is known about their physiological control and role in possum biology.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:scent glands, brushtail possum, Trichosurus vulpecula, olfactory communication, paracloacal glands, sternal glands, New Zealand, pheromones
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Animal physiological ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:McLean, S (Professor Stuart McLean)
ID Code:97040
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2014-12-01
Last Modified:2018-03-15

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