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Vocal traits of hybrid fur seals: intermediate to their parental species


Page, B and Goldsworthy, SD and Hindell, MA, Vocal traits of hybrid fur seals: intermediate to their parental species, Animal Behaviour , 61 pp. 959-967. ISSN 0003-3472 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1006/anbe.2000.1663


Vocal communication is important for species recognition in colonial breeding species such as fur seals, especially where closely related species that can hybridize breed sympatrically. This is the first study to describe the calls of hybrid fur seals. We investigated whether these vocalizations are intermediate to those of their parental species (Antarctic, Arctocephalus gazella, subantarctic, A. tropicalis, and New Zealand, A. forsteri) and discuss the evolutionary implications of hybrids having intermediate vocal traits. Hybrid males' bark calls were intermediate between two distinct groups formed by A. tropicalis and A. gazella/A. forsteri. Patterns of intermediate call characteristics were also discernible for pup attraction calls (given by females) but not for full threat calls (given by males), nor female attraction calls (given by pups); however, for all call types hybrid calls were distinct from those of their parental species. The pattern of hybrid calls being intermediate is consistent with the expectation that call traits are genetically inherited. © 2001 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Wildlife and habitat management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Page, B (Mr Bruce Page)
UTAS Author:Goldsworthy, SD (Dr Simon David Goldsworthy)
UTAS Author:Hindell, MA (Professor Mark Hindell)
ID Code:22330
Year Published:2001
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-03

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