Flehmen response


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Flehmen response

[′flā·mən ri‚späns]
(ecology)
A courtship behavior displayed by the males of some mammalian species in which the upper lip is curled and the neck is extended, facilitating the reception of olfactory cues.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This behavior is called the flehmen response, and it occurs often during the pre-rut and rut.
A behavior that is frequently associated with mating in ruminants and horses is the flehmen response (Figure 13-6).
Pheromone-laced urine elicits a so-called flehmen response from a bull.
Interestingly, during the urine study not one buck displayed a flehmen response. While flebmen is not fully understood, the researchers believe specific airborne chemical signals from a doe's reproductive tract and estrous urine can be enough to elicit courtship behavior in bucks.