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flehmen

the ritual of urine sniffing; a behavioral component of libido in the male animal. The animal appears to be carrying out a test for odor in the urine. He sniffs the urine or the perineum, then extends the head, dilates the nostrils, and lifts and curls the upper lip. See also gape.
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Nasopalatine ducts and flehmen behavior in the mandrill: Reevaluating olfactory communication in Old World primates.
The occurrence of flehmen in a marsupial - the hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons).
The role of the flehmen response in the behavioral repertoire of the stallion.
Flehmen response in bull: role of vaginal mucus and other body fluids of bovine with special reference to estrous.
One of the behavioural components of male sexual display in all hoofed stock except the pig is the "olfactory reflex" known as flehmen.
The observed behavioural characteristics were sniffing (Sn), Flehmen (Fl), licking (Lc), low-strech (Ls), scraping to earth (Se), striking by the front feet to the earth surface (Sfe), striking by the front feet to the shoulder of ewe (Sfs).
After sniffing around the doe's bed, he suddenly threw his head back and curled his lip in a classic Flehmen pose.
This flehmen helps to introduce urine into the VNO.
There is another open-mouthed pose that's called the gape or Flehmen response, which is performed in reaction to smelling another cat's urine or when checking out sexual scents, according to Dr.
Interestingly, during the urine study not one buck displayed a flehmen response.
Deer, pronghorn, sheep, bison, goats, horses, and several other wild and domestic ungulates exhibit what is known as "lip curl," or flehmen.
During flehmen, the Jacobson's organ, a small sensory mass between the brain and the nasal passages, gathers airborne material onto its sensitive tissue and subjects it to analysis by brain memory banks or instinctive data.