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Way-marking behaviour: an aid to spatial navigation in the wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)

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Background: During their movements in the wild, wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) distribute small objects, such as leaves or twigs, which are often visually conspicuous. Our experiments demonstrate that these marks serve as points of reference during exploration. Way-marking, as we call it, may diminish the likelihood of losing an "interesting" location, perhaps following disturbance by, for example, a predator or conspecific. Way-marks, being readily portable, may be a less confusing method o...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1186/1472-6785-3-3

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"University of Oxford", "Charles University Prague"
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Biodiversity Research Group
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Lady Margaret Hall
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BioMed Central Publisher's website
Journal:
BMC Ecology Journal website
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3
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Article: 3
Publication date:
2003-04-05
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1472-6785
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uuid:f6fc8d3b-a3e9-4c16-8c07-b0d9211e62f1
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ora:2253

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