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Research Progress on the Function of Acoustic Signals in Bats
Author of the article:LI Chengrong1, LUO Bo1,2*, WANG Man1, FENG Jiang2,3*
Author's Workplace:1. Key Laboratory of Southwest China Wildlife Resources Conservation(Ministry of Education), College of Life Science, China West Normal University, Nanchong, Sichuan Province 637002, China;
2. Jilin Provincial Key Laboratory of Animal Resource Conservation and Utilization, School of Environment, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130117, China;
3. College of Animal Science and Technology, Jilin Agricultural University, Changchun 130033, China
Key Words:bat; echolocation call; social call; function; ecological adaptation
Abstract:Acoustic signals mediate a variety of life history events in animals, such as resource competition, mate selection, and antipredator defense. Therefore, it has been proposed that acoustic signals have profound effects on population stability and community dynamics. Echolocating bats occupy a nocturnal niche in the sky. They have comparatively poor vision but well-developed auditory sense, providing a good model for acoustic research. In this review, we summarize the current studies regarding the function of echolocation and social calls in bats. We provide some recommendations and directions for future work. We consider that the echolocation calls of bats serve multiple functions including spatial orientation, prey tracking, recognition of water and plant, foraging coordination, and social information transfer. By contrast, bats use social calls to engage in social activities, including social contact, resource competition, mate choice, and distress calling. Despite the large amount of previous studies which have focused on echolocation calls, study on the function of social calls in bats is emerging in recent years. Further work in this field is needed to explore the influence mechanisms of the production of acoustic signals among bats.
2018,37(6): 710-720 收稿日期:2018-05-10
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