Sunday Sketch: Stink Fight!

Ring-tailed lemurs, primates characterized by their long striped tails, are known to very social animals. However, with sociality comes aggression. Ring-tailed lemurs have shoulder, wrist & tail glands that secrete a smelly paste. Both before and during fights, males will rub or waft the scent on their territory, or towards their opponent [1].

Sketch by Megan McElligott ; Fact by Isabelle McDonald-Gilmartin

References: Wyatt, T. D. (2020). Pheromones: Stink Fights in Lemurs. Current Biology, 30(22), R1373–R1375. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.09.044

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