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Ethogram Comparison

This is a table comparing the ethogram on this website to four other commonly cited ethograms. This is not an all inclusive comparision of all the behavior categories in the website because the website contains categories that were not included in the four ethograms compared below. For example, the web based ethogram contains categories on Abnormal Behaviors and Maternal Behaviors that were not included in the four ethograms used in the comparision below (please see references and further reading for more information on these behaviors). 

Many of these behaviors can be grouped into different categories depending on the research question. Please see the page on grouping behaviors for more information.

A Wiki Ethogram for the Laboratory Mouse

Grant and Mackintosh, 1962

Mackintosh, 1981

Van Oortmerssen, 1971

Van Abeelen,
1963

Attend

Attend

Attend

 

 

Approach

Approach

Approach

Approach

 

Facial Exploring

Nose

Nose

 

 

Anogenital Exploring

Sniff

Sniff

 

Nosing

 

 

 

 

Sniffing at Peat Dust

 

 

 

 

Sniffing at Food Pellet

Body Trunk Exploring

Investigate

Investigate

Investigate

 

Exploring Postures

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore

 

 

 

 

Exploring Approach

 

 

 

 

Stretched Attend

 

 

 

Stretched Attention Posture

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attention Posture

 

 

 

 

 

Staring at the Observer

 

Flag (head movement)

 

 

 

 

Evade (whole of the forepart of the body)

Evade

 

 

 

 

 

Withdrawal

 

 

Retreat

Retreat

 

 

Fleeing

Flee (a form of retreat)

Flee

Fleeing

Fleeing

 

On Bars (a form of flee upwards)

On Bars

 

 

 

 

Off Bars

 

 

Freeze

Freeze

Freeze

 

 

 

 

Leave

 

 

Crouch

Crouch

Crouch

Crouch

 

Elevated Crouch

Elevated Crouch

 

Elevated Crouch

 

 

Full Submissive Posture

 

 

 

Submissive Behavior

 

On Back

 

Submission

 

 

Straight Legs

 

 

Side Display

Sideways

Sideways Posture

 

 

 

Offensive Sideways Posture

Offensive Sideways

 

 

 

 

Defensive Sideways

 

 

 

Upright

Upright  Posture

 

 

 

 

Offensive Upright

 

 

 

 

Defensive Upright

 

 

 

 

Oblique Posture

 

 

Submissive Upright

 

 

Submissive Upright

 

Sexual Pursuing

 Follow

Follow

 

 

Sexual Exploring

Sniff (Defined for the purpose of mating)

 

 

Nosing Genitals

 

Attempted Mount

Attempted Mount

 

 

Copulatory Mounting

Mount

Mount

Mounting

Mounting

Post-copulatory Groom

Post Copulatory Groom

Genital Groom

Genital Washing

Licking the Genitals

Sexual Motivation

Sexual Motivation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lying Flat

 

 

 

 

Falling Over

Crawl-Over

Crawl-Over

Crawl-Over

 

 

Crawl-Under

Crawl-Under

Push Under

Crawling Under

 

Push Past

Push Past

Push Past

 

 

Copulating

 

 

Copulation

Copulation

Female response and posture to male exploring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Touching

 

 

 

 

Creeping in Front of Partner

Normal Allo-grooming

 

Groom

Social Grooming

 

Vigorous Allo-grooming

Aggressive Groom

Aggressive Groom

 

 

Fighting

 

 

Fighting

Wrestling

Aggressive Bite

Bite

Bite

 

 

 

Chase-Bite

 

 

 

Chase

Chase

Chase

Chasing

Chasing

 

 

Over

 

 

Attack

Attack

Attack

Attack

 

Threat Behavior

Threat/Thrust

Threat

 

 

Pin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kicking

Tail Rattle

Tail Rattle

Rattle

Tail Rattling

Tail Rattling

Parrying

 

 

Parrying

Parrying

 

Retreat Distance

 

 

 

 

Circle

Circle

 

 

 

Zigzag

Zigzag

 

Circling

 

Walk Around

Walk Around

 

 

 

Figure-of-eight

 

 

 

Zigzag

Mince

 

Mincing

 

Boxing Posture

 

 

Boxing Posture

 

Side Display

 

 

Side Display

 

Boxing

 

 

Boxing

Boxing

 

 

 

 

Fixing

 

 

 

 

Dancing Position

Grooming

 

Self-Groom

Grooming

Grooming

 

 

 

 

Shaking the Fur

 

 

 

 

Vibrating with the Forepaws

 

 

Wash

Washing

 

Feeding

 

Eat

Eating

Eating

Drinking

 

Drink

Drinking

Drinking

 

 

 

Scratching

 

 

 

 

Claw Cleaning

 

 

 

 

 

Hair Fluffing

 

 

 

 

Food Carrying

 

 

 

 

Defecating

Digging

Digging

Dig

Digging

Digging

Push-dig

Push-dig

Push Dig

Push-dig

 

Scrape-dig

Kick-Dig

 

Scrape-dig

 

Shoveling

 

 

 

 

Fluffing

 

 

 

 

Pulling in

 

 

Pulling in or Hauling in

 

Carrying

 

 

Carrying

 

Fraying

 

 

Fraying

 

 

 

 

Stripping

 

Sorting

 

 

Arranging

 

Sleep

 

 

Sleeping

 

Inactive Nest

 

 

 

 

Still and Alert

 

 

Resting

 

 

 

 

Social Rest

 

General Locomotion

 

 

Locomotion

 

Rearing

 

 

Upright

Reconnoitering

 

 

 

 

Lifting One Forepaw

Sniffing

 

 

Sniffing

 

 

 

 

 

Sniffing at Rack, Sniffing at Bottle

Jumping

Note: jumping is classified as a stereotypy for the purposes of this website.

 

 

Jumping

Jumping

 

 

 

Hopping

 

 

 

 

Shaking

 

 

 

Squire

 

 

 

 

 

Sitting Upright

 

 

 

 

Leaning Against Wall

 

 

 

 

Gnawing at Wall

 

 

 

 

Climbing

 

 

 

 

Hanging

 

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