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Article: Acoustic cues to individuality in wild male adult African savannah elephants (Loxodonta africana)

TitleAcoustic cues to individuality in wild male adult African savannah elephants (Loxodonta africana)
Authors
KeywordsAcoustic cues
African elephant
Individual recognition
Loxodonta africana
Vocal communication
Issue Date2021
PublisherPeerJ, Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at https://peerj.com/articles/?type=articles&journal=peerj
Citation
PeerJ, 2021, v. 9, p. article no. e10736 How to Cite?
AbstractThe ability to recognize conspecifics plays a pivotal role in animal communication systems. It is especially important for establishing and maintaining associations among individuals of social, long-lived species, such as elephants. While research on female elephant sociality and communication is prevalent, until recently male elephants have been considered far less social than females. This resulted in a dearth of information about their communication and recognition abilities. With new knowledge about the intricacies of the male elephant social structure come questions regarding the communication basis that allows for social bonds to be established and maintained. By analyzing the acoustic parameters of social rumbles recorded over 1.5 years from wild, mature, male African savanna elephants (Loxodonta africana) we expand current knowledge about the information encoded within these vocalizations and their potential to facilitate individual recognition. We showed that social rumbles are individually distinct and stable over time and therefore provide an acoustic basis for individual recognition. Furthermore, our results revealed that different frequency parameters contribute to individual differences of these vocalizations.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/306021
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2020 Impact Factor: 2.984
2020 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.927
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dc.contributor.authorWierucka, KA-
dc.contributor.authorHenley, MD-
dc.contributor.authorMumby, HS-
dc.date.accessioned2021-10-20T10:17:41Z-
dc.date.available2021-10-20T10:17:41Z-
dc.date.issued2021-
dc.identifier.citationPeerJ, 2021, v. 9, p. article no. e10736-
dc.identifier.issn2167-8359-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/306021-
dc.description.abstractThe ability to recognize conspecifics plays a pivotal role in animal communication systems. It is especially important for establishing and maintaining associations among individuals of social, long-lived species, such as elephants. While research on female elephant sociality and communication is prevalent, until recently male elephants have been considered far less social than females. This resulted in a dearth of information about their communication and recognition abilities. With new knowledge about the intricacies of the male elephant social structure come questions regarding the communication basis that allows for social bonds to be established and maintained. By analyzing the acoustic parameters of social rumbles recorded over 1.5 years from wild, mature, male African savanna elephants (Loxodonta africana) we expand current knowledge about the information encoded within these vocalizations and their potential to facilitate individual recognition. We showed that social rumbles are individually distinct and stable over time and therefore provide an acoustic basis for individual recognition. Furthermore, our results revealed that different frequency parameters contribute to individual differences of these vocalizations.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherPeerJ, Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at https://peerj.com/articles/?type=articles&journal=peerj-
dc.relation.ispartofPeerJ-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.subjectAcoustic cues-
dc.subjectAfrican elephant-
dc.subjectIndividual recognition-
dc.subjectLoxodonta africana-
dc.subjectVocal communication-
dc.titleAcoustic cues to individuality in wild male adult African savannah elephants (Loxodonta africana)-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailMumby, HS: hsmumby@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityMumby, HS=rp02538-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.7717/peerj.10736-
dc.identifier.pmid33552734-
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC7831363-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85099816683-
dc.identifier.hkuros327471-
dc.identifier.volume9-
dc.identifier.spagearticle no. e10736-
dc.identifier.epagearticle no. e10736-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000610778100004-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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