Behav Ecol Sociobiol (2017) 71:136 DOI 10.1007/s00265-017-2366-5 ORIGINAL ARTICLE Where to leave a message? The selection and adaptive significance of scent-marking sites for Eurasian lynx 1 2 3 2 Maximilian L. Allen & Lan Hočevar & Maarten de Groot & Miha Krofel Received: 21 December 2016 /Revised: 1 August 2017 /Accepted: 8 August 2017 Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017 Abstract was sheltered from the elements (Bpersistence hypothesis^). Scent marking is an important aspect of social organization Lynx also selected for objects similar in size to lynx and ob- and intraspecific communication for many mammals, includ- jects located on straight road sections and avoided the most ing solitary felids. By selecting specific micro-locations for frequently available object types. This selection may have scent marking, an individual may increase its success in both promoted detectability of the messages by the conspe- defending its territory and finding mates. Few studies, how- cifics (Bdetection hypothesis^) and reduced energy expendi- ever, have reported the selection of scent-marking objects and ture of marking (Baccessibility hypothesis^). Our study also sites by wild felids. To improve our understanding of this indicated trade-offs faced by lynx, as the preferred marking behavior and its adaptive significance, we developed and test-
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology – Springer Journals
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