Data from: Female MHC type affects male testosterone levels and sperm number in the horse (Equus caballus)

Dominik Burger, Guillaume Dolivo, Eliane Marti, Harald Sieme & Claus Wedekind
Odours of vertebrates often contain information about the major histocompatibility complex (MHC), and are used in kin recognition, mate choice or female investment in pregnancy. It is, however, still unclear whether MHC-linked signals can also affect male reproductive strategies. We used horses (Equus caballus) to study this question under experimental conditions. Twelve stallions were individually exposed either to an unfamiliar MHC-similar mare and then to an unfamiliar MHC-dissimilar mare, or vice versa. Each exposure lasted...
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