Maternal Effects in Fissiped Carnivores
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
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