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      Mammalian Pheromones : A Review of Likely Pheromone Candidates Responsible for Sexual Attraction in Panthera leo

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      Lion, Pheromones, Lion's Mane, Lion Marking Fluid
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            Abstract

            Mammalian pheromones are widely accepted but poorly understood. Most studies have used the laboratory mouse but some have studied tigers and lions, both in the wild and in captivity. The lion has emerged as unique insofar as the lion produces pheromones from two sources: the lion mane and the lion marking fluid (spray). The presence of pheromones in lion mane was a relatively recent discovery. In this review of the literature, I have compared the volatile organic compounds found in lion marking fluid and lion mane hair. Based on this comparison I have determined the most likely candidate to represent the pheromone responsible for sexual attraction in the lion. A thorough review of the literature has revealed no similar studies.

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            1 October 2022
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            [1 ] Phoenix
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            10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-.PP1ZQWO.v1
            1dafbc2c-8c45-4f73-97b7-32628231bf70

            This work has been published open access under Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY 4.0 , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Conditions, terms of use and publishing policy can be found at www.scienceopen.com .

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            Social & Behavioral Sciences,Life sciences
            Lion, Pheromones, Lion's Mane, Lion Marking Fluid

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