Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 8 years ago

How animals recognize their species as they have not seen themselves in mirrors/photos?

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  • 8 years ago
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    They know the look and scent of those around them specifically their parents- which is why animals raised by humans can often mistake them for their parents. Also there is their instinct.

  • 8 years ago

    Animals as well as humans have a "sixth sense" so to speak, in the context that they can sense who their birth parents are. What they see in their parents tells them what they are or look like. That's how they can differentiate their species with others.

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  • 8 years ago

    Some of them have species identification signals hardwired into their brains and/or body. For example, many species use phermones to identify each other. Salamanders, snakes, insects and even mammals rely on phermones. The phermones are different in different species, and the phermone receptors must be be the same type as the phermone for the chemistry to work. Even humans rely somewhat on phermones because homosexuals often are attracted to phermones from their same sex whereas most people respond to phermones of the opposite sex only. Other animals, such as birds, have a poor sense of smell, so they rely on visual and/or vocal signals. Each species of frog, even closely related ones, have a different mating call, so that they can find their own species even if a breeding site is used by more than a single species. The females will only a approach a male if he is singing a song she recognizes as belonging to her own species.

    Birds, however, often rely on learning to recognize potential mates. Many birds use imprinting or learning to form an image of their potential mates. When they were young, many birds were fed or cared for by their parents. They remember the colors of their parents' feathery plumages so when they grow up, they try to find birds with the same plumage. A bird with black feathers, for example, will find another bird with white feathers if it is raised by parents with white feathers. Song birds often rely on vocalizations to recognize mates. Young birds have to hear the song of the adult male of their own species to be able to sing the full song. Imprinting also happens in mammals too, because sometimes kittens that are raised alone and slept on cloth towels may imprint on the towels as their potential mates. Some house cats will steal bath towels and have sex with the towels. In fact there is evidence that imprinting may happen among humans, and may explain the fetishes, such as shoe fetishes, as well as homosexuality. If a human imprints upon the wrong sex by being exposed to the wrong phermones during the crucial period of imprinting, then they may grow up with homosexual tendencies.

    Finally, behavior often plays a role as well. Many animals have mating behavior hardwired into their brains. Bower birds, for example, will build artificial structures to attract females. If the structures are not up to the standards the females expect, there will be no mating. Similarly, if a loon fails to dance in lock step with another loon, mating will not occur. Salamanders too have species specific mating dances. If an individual does not perform correctly during the entire dance then mating will not be successful.

  • 8 years ago

    Every individual animal, animal species , has its characteristic smell (ouder).

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