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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 36, No. 5, 2015, pp. 257-262
Bioline Code: zr15029
Full paper language: English
Document type: Review Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 36, No. 5, 2015, pp. 257-262

 en Cannot see you but can hear you: vocal identity recognition in microbats
GUO, Xiong; LUO, Bo; LIU, Ying; JIANG, Ting-Lei & FENG, Jiang


Identity recognition is one of the most critical social behaviours in a variety of animal species. Microchiropteran bats present a special use case of acoustic communication in the dark. These bats use echolocation pulses for navigating, foraging, and communicating; however, increasing evidence suggests that echolocation pulses also serve as a means of social communication. Compared with echolocation signals, communication calls in bats have rather complex structures and differ substantially by social context. Bat acoustic signals vary broadly in spectrotemporal space among individuals, sexes, colonies and species. This type of information can be gathered from families of vocalizations based on voice characteristics. In this review we summarize the current studies regarding vocal identity recognition in microbats. We also provide recommendations and directions for further work.

Individual recognition; Species recognition; Social call; Echolocation pulse; Microchiropteran bat

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