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Ring-tailed lemurs engage in stink-flirting to attract mates

Ring-tailed lemurs engage in stink-flirting to attract mates

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Nov. 17 (UPI) -- For ring-tailed lemurs, flirting is foul affair. Males perform a mating ritual involving the spraying of a stinky scent. New research suggests the performances can earn mates, but also inspire enemies.The behavior is called stink-flirting, and the latest study -- published this week in the American Journal of Primatology -- is one of the first to take a in-depth look at the unique act.Lemurs perform other types of scent marking, but the latest research suggests stink-flirting is the most offensive."These males are met with higher levels of aggression than if they were to do other types of scent-marking, so there's definitely something unique about this type of behavior," Amber Walker-Bolton, an anthropologist at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, said in a news releas...