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Hearing and vocalizations in the naked mole-rat

Item Type:Article
Title:Hearing and vocalizations in the naked mole-rat
Creators Name:Barker, A.J. and Koch, U. and Lewin, G.R. and Pyott, S.J.
Abstract:Since their discovery, naked mole-rats have been speaking to us. Early field studies noted their extensive vocalizations, and scientists who are fortunate enough to spend time with these creatures in the laboratory setting cannot help but notice their constant peeping, chirruping and grunting (Hill et al., Proc Zool Soc Lond 128:455-514, 1957). Yet, few dwell on the function of these chirps and peeps, being instead drawn to the many other extraordinary aspects of naked mole-rat physiology detailed throughout this book. Still, no biology is complete without a description of how an organism communicates. While the field of naked mole-rat bioacoustics and acoustic communication has been largely silent for many years, we highlight recent progress in understanding how and what Heterocephalus glaber hears and which vocalizations it uses. These efforts are essential for a complete understanding of naked mole-rat cooperation, society and even culture.
Keywords:Acoustics, Hearing, Animal Vocalization, Animals, Mole Rats
Source:Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Series Name:Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Title of Book:The Extraordinary Biology of the Naked Mole-Rat
Page Range:157-195
Number of Pages:445
Date:24 August 2021
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-65943-1_6
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