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dc.contributor.authorFavaro, Livio
dc.contributor.authorNeves, Silvana
dc.contributor.authorFurlati, Stefano
dc.contributor.authorPessani, Daniela
dc.contributor.authorMartin, Vidal
dc.contributor.authorJanik, Vincent M.
dc.identifier.citationFavaro , L , Neves , S , Furlati , S , Pessani , D , Martin , V & Janik , V M 2016 , ' Evidence suggests vocal production learning in a cross-fostered Risso’s dolphin ( Grampus griseus ) ' , Animal Cognition , vol. 19 , no. 4 , pp. 847-853 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 227255174
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84957951939
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-7894-0121/work/60427872
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000377454000014
dc.description.abstractVocal learning is a rare skill in mammals, and we have limited information about the contexts in which they use it. Previous studies suggested that cetaceans in general are skilled at imitating sounds, but only few species have been studied to date. To expand this investigation to another species and to investigate the possible influence of the social environment on vocal learning, we studied the whistle repertoire of a female Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus) that was stranded at an early age and was subsequently raised in a group of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). We show that this cross-fostered animal produced vocal signals more akin to those of its Tursiops poolmates than those of Risso’s dolphins in the wild. This is one of very few systematic cross-fostering studies in cetaceans and the first to suggest vocal production learning in the Risso’s dolphin. Our findings also suggest that social experience is a major factor in the development of the vocal repertoire in this species.
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dc.subjectBottlenose dolphinen
dc.subjectGrampus griseusen
dc.subjectRisso's dolphinen
dc.subjectSignature whistlesen
dc.subjectTursiops truncatusen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subjectQP Physiologyen
dc.titleEvidence suggests vocal production learning in a cross-fostered Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus)en
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Sea Mammal Research Uniten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Marine Alliance for Science & Technology Scotlanden
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Bioacoustics groupen
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