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Mounting


Overview and Meaning

Mounting is classified, for these purposes, as a threat behavior. Mounting is typically seen as part of dominance behavior and mediated aggression.

Description

Attempts to mount another animal in the absence of intromission. Palpitations with forepaws and pelvic thrusts may be present.

This can be distinguished from copulatory mounting as follows:

  1. The sequence of behaviors before and after mounting occurs
  2. The absence of breeding pairs

Classification

Threat Behavior

Contexts

Agonistic interactions can occur in the context of territorial behavior, and/or dominance behavior.  Territorial behavior and dominance behavior differ in both the context that they occur, the resources under competition, and the threat behavior that initiates the interaction.

Variants

None


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