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Allo-grooming


Overview and Meaning

Allo-grooming is a social behavior that functions to maintain social relationships and assist the animal in obtaining information about food sources.

Description

Grooming that occurs between two or more mice.

Classification

Affiliative interactions

Contexts

Affiliative behaviors are social interactions that function to reinforce social bonds with a group or which are of mutual benefit to all animals involved in the interaction.

Variants

There are two forms of allo-grooming, normal and vigorous. These can be distinguished by the intensity of the grooming and the change in posture of the actor and recipent mouse:

  1. Allo-grooming - Normal
  2. Allo-grooming - Vigorous

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