PMID: 10844157Jun 14, 2000Paper

Indication of a genetic basis of stereotypies in laboratory-bred bank voles (Clethrionomys glareolus)

Applied Animal Behaviour Science
B Schoenecker, K E Heller


The development of stereotypies was studied in two successive laboratory-bred generations of bank voles representing F1 (n=248) and F2 (n=270) of an originally wild caught stock. It was shown that the propensity to develop stereotypies under barren housing conditions strongly relates to the same propensity of the parents. Stereotypies were approximately seven times more frequent in the offspring of stereotyping parents than in the offspring of permanent non-stereotypers. This held true even when only one of the parents was stereotyper. The paternal and maternal contributions to stereotypies in the offspring appeared to be equal. Males showing stereotypies but prevented from any physical contact with the offspring were as potent as stereotyping females in producing stereotyping offspring. Moreover, the specific type of stereotypy appearing in the offspring after isolation was very much related to the type of stereotypy developed in the mothers. We found no support for the possible importance of social facilitation from littermates, in that the development of stereotypies was independent of the length of time the voles were kept socially with littermates before isolation. We suggest that the possible genetic basis of individual d...Continue Reading


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