Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Come dine with me: food-associated social signalling in wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Food-related signalling is widespread in the animal kingdom with some food-associated vocalizations considered functionally referential. Food calls can, however, vary greatly in the type of information they convey. Thus, there are a multitude of purposes for which food calls are used, including social recruitment, caller spacing, the indication of type, quantity, quality, divisibility of food, the caller’s hunger level and even as tools to manipulate prey behaviour. Yet little work has focused on the social aspect of food calling in animals. We investigated the association of social signals in wild bottlenose dolphins with foraging behaviour where context-specific food-associated calls are commonly produced. Our data showed that specific social signals were significantly correlated with food call production and these calls rarely occurred in the absence of food calls. We suggest that animals are sharing additional information on the food patch itself with their social affiliates.
Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)969-974
JournalAnimal Cognition
Volume18
Issue number4
Early online date17 Feb 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

    Research areas

  • Food calls, Bottlenose dolphin, Signature whistles, Vocal learning, Call matching

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. Conditioned variation in heart rate during static breath-holds in the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

    Fahlman, A., Cozzi, B., Manley, M., Jabas, S., Malik, M., Blawas, A. & Janik, V. M., 24 Nov 2020, In: Frontiers in Physiology. 11, 604018.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  2. The startle reflex in echolocating odontocetes: basic physiology and practical implications

    Götz, T., Pacini, A. F., Nachtigall, P. & Janik, V. M., 12 Mar 2020, In: Journal of Experimental Biology. 223, 12 p., jeb208470.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. Repeated downsweep vocalizations of the Araguaian river dolphin, Inia araguaiaensis

    Melo-Santos, G., Walmsley, S. F., Marmontel, M., Oliveira-da-Costa, M. & Janik, V. M., Feb 2020, In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 147, p. 748-756

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  4. Bottlenose dolphin calves have multi-year elevations of plasma oxytocin compared to all other age classes

    Robinson, K. J., Ternes, K., Hazon, N., Wells, R. & Janik, V. M., 15 Jan 2020, In: General and Comparative Endocrinology. 286, 113323.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  5. Signal-specific amplitude adjustment to noise in common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

    Kragh, I. M., McHugh, K., Wells, R. S., Sayigh, L. S., Janik, V. M., Tyack, P. L. & Jensen, F. H., 3 Dec 2019, In: Journal of Experimental Biology. 222, 23, 11 p., jeb216606.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Related by journal

  1. Animal Cognition (Journal)

    Susan Denise Healy (Member of editorial board)

    1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

  2. Animal Cognition (Journal)

    Susan Denise Healy (Member of editorial board)

    1 Jan 201731 Dec 2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

  3. Animal Cognition (Journal)

    Susan Denise Healy (Member of editorial board)

    2015 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

  4. Animal Cognition (Journal)

    Josep Call (Member of editorial board)

    2006 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

  5. Animal Cognition (Journal)

    Vincent Janik (Member of editorial board)

    2004 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

Related by journal

  1. A machine learning approach to infant distress calls and maternal behaviour of wild chimpanzees

    Dezacache, G., Zuberbühler, K., Davila-Ross, M. & Dahl, C. D., 22 Oct 2020, In: Animal Cognition. First Online

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  2. Age influences domestic dog cognitive performance independent of average breed lifespan

    Watowich, M. M., MacLean, E. L., Hare, B., Call, J., Kaminski, J., Miklósi, Á. & Snyder-Mackler, N., Jul 2020, In: Animal Cognition. 23, p. 795-805

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. An information-theory approach to geometry for animal groups

    Dahl, C. D., Ferrando, E. & Zuberbühler, K., Jul 2020, In: Animal Cognition. 23, 4, p. 807-817

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  4. Absolute brain size predicts dog breed differences in executive function

    Horschler, D. J., Hare, B., Call, J., Kaminski, J., Miklosi, A. & MacLean, E. L., Mar 2019, In: Animal Cognition. 22, 2, p. 187-198 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  5. Developmental perspectives on primate gesture: 100 years in the making

    Cartmill, E. A. & Hobaiter, C., 1 Jul 2019, In: Animal Cognition. 22, 4, p. 453-459 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialpeer-review

ID: 159851264

Top