Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Anogenital Scent Gland

Exocrine gland that opens just inside the anus or on either side of it and usually secretes an odoriferous substance. The secretions of these glands are used for attracting mates, marking territories, and, in some mammals, for defense. Found in many mammals, including some of the prosimians, tarsiers, and platyrrhines.

See caudal gland and scent gland. Aka anal gland, anal sac, circumanal glands.

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