Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Individual recognition in wild bottlenose dolphins: a field test using playback experiments

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

DOI

Standard

Individual recognition in wild bottlenose dolphins : a field test using playback experiments. / Sayigh, L S ; Tyack, Peter Lloyd; Wells, R S ; Solow, A R ; Scott, M D ; Irvine, A B .

In: Animal Behaviour, Vol. 57, No. 1, 01.1999, p. 41-50.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Harvard

Sayigh, LS, Tyack, PL, Wells, RS, Solow, AR, Scott, MD & Irvine, AB 1999, 'Individual recognition in wild bottlenose dolphins: a field test using playback experiments', Animal Behaviour, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 41-50. https://doi.org/10.1006/anbe.1998.0961

APA

Sayigh, L. S., Tyack, P. L., Wells, R. S., Solow, A. R., Scott, M. D., & Irvine, A. B. (1999). Individual recognition in wild bottlenose dolphins: a field test using playback experiments. Animal Behaviour, 57(1), 41-50. https://doi.org/10.1006/anbe.1998.0961

Vancouver

Sayigh LS, Tyack PL, Wells RS, Solow AR, Scott MD, Irvine AB. Individual recognition in wild bottlenose dolphins: a field test using playback experiments. Animal Behaviour. 1999 Jan;57(1):41-50. https://doi.org/10.1006/anbe.1998.0961

Author

Sayigh, L S ; Tyack, Peter Lloyd ; Wells, R S ; Solow, A R ; Scott, M D ; Irvine, A B . / Individual recognition in wild bottlenose dolphins : a field test using playback experiments. In: Animal Behaviour. 1999 ; Vol. 57, No. 1. pp. 41-50.

Bibtex - Download

@article{4eab3a74848e412fb0acebf47118f445,
title = "Individual recognition in wild bottlenose dolphins: a field test using playback experiments",
abstract = "We conducted playback experiments with wild bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, to determine whether there is sufficient information in their individually distinctive signature whistles for individual recognition. We conducted experiments with members of a resident community of dolphins in waters near Sarasota, Florida, during temporary capture-release projects. We used a paired playback design, wherein the same two whistle sequences were predicted to evoke opposite responses from two different target animals. This design controlled for any unknown cues that may have been present in the playback stimuli. We predicted that mothers would respond more strongly to the whistles of their own independent offspring than to the whistles of a familiar, similar-aged nonoffspring. Similarly, we predicted that independent offspring would respond more strongly to the whistles of their own mother than to the whistles of a familiar, similar-aged female. Target animals were significantly (P<0.02) more likely to respond to the predicted stimuli, with responses measured by the number of head turns towards the playback speaker. In bottlenose dolphin societies, stable, individual-specific relationships are intermixed with fluid patterns of association between individuals. In primate species that live in similar 'fission-fusion' type societies, individual recognition is commonplace. Thus, when taken in the context of what is known about the social structure and behaviour of bottlenose dolphins, these playback experiments suggest that signature whistles are used for individual recognition. (C) 1999 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.",
author = "Sayigh, {L S} and Tyack, {Peter Lloyd} and Wells, {R S} and Solow, {A R} and Scott, {M D} and Irvine, {A B}",
year = "1999",
month = "1",
doi = "10.1006/anbe.1998.0961",
language = "English",
volume = "57",
pages = "41--50",
journal = "Animal Behaviour",
issn = "0003-3472",
publisher = "ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD",
number = "1",

}

RIS (suitable for import to EndNote) - Download

TY - JOUR

T1 - Individual recognition in wild bottlenose dolphins

T2 - a field test using playback experiments

AU - Sayigh, L S

AU - Tyack, Peter Lloyd

AU - Wells, R S

AU - Solow, A R

AU - Scott, M D

AU - Irvine, A B

PY - 1999/1

Y1 - 1999/1

N2 - We conducted playback experiments with wild bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, to determine whether there is sufficient information in their individually distinctive signature whistles for individual recognition. We conducted experiments with members of a resident community of dolphins in waters near Sarasota, Florida, during temporary capture-release projects. We used a paired playback design, wherein the same two whistle sequences were predicted to evoke opposite responses from two different target animals. This design controlled for any unknown cues that may have been present in the playback stimuli. We predicted that mothers would respond more strongly to the whistles of their own independent offspring than to the whistles of a familiar, similar-aged nonoffspring. Similarly, we predicted that independent offspring would respond more strongly to the whistles of their own mother than to the whistles of a familiar, similar-aged female. Target animals were significantly (P<0.02) more likely to respond to the predicted stimuli, with responses measured by the number of head turns towards the playback speaker. In bottlenose dolphin societies, stable, individual-specific relationships are intermixed with fluid patterns of association between individuals. In primate species that live in similar 'fission-fusion' type societies, individual recognition is commonplace. Thus, when taken in the context of what is known about the social structure and behaviour of bottlenose dolphins, these playback experiments suggest that signature whistles are used for individual recognition. (C) 1999 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.

AB - We conducted playback experiments with wild bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, to determine whether there is sufficient information in their individually distinctive signature whistles for individual recognition. We conducted experiments with members of a resident community of dolphins in waters near Sarasota, Florida, during temporary capture-release projects. We used a paired playback design, wherein the same two whistle sequences were predicted to evoke opposite responses from two different target animals. This design controlled for any unknown cues that may have been present in the playback stimuli. We predicted that mothers would respond more strongly to the whistles of their own independent offspring than to the whistles of a familiar, similar-aged nonoffspring. Similarly, we predicted that independent offspring would respond more strongly to the whistles of their own mother than to the whistles of a familiar, similar-aged female. Target animals were significantly (P<0.02) more likely to respond to the predicted stimuli, with responses measured by the number of head turns towards the playback speaker. In bottlenose dolphin societies, stable, individual-specific relationships are intermixed with fluid patterns of association between individuals. In primate species that live in similar 'fission-fusion' type societies, individual recognition is commonplace. Thus, when taken in the context of what is known about the social structure and behaviour of bottlenose dolphins, these playback experiments suggest that signature whistles are used for individual recognition. (C) 1999 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.

U2 - 10.1006/anbe.1998.0961

DO - 10.1006/anbe.1998.0961

M3 - Article

VL - 57

SP - 41

EP - 50

JO - Animal Behaviour

JF - Animal Behaviour

SN - 0003-3472

IS - 1

ER -

Related by author

  1. A taxonomy for vocal learning

    Tyack, P. L., 18 Nov 2019, In : Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences. 375, 1789, p. 1-10 10 p., 20180406.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  2. 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 journalArticle

  3. Corrigendum: A response to scientific and societal needs for marine biological observations (Frontiers in Marine Science, (2019), 6, 10.3389/fmars.2019.00395)

    Bax, N. J., Miloslavich, P., Muller-Karger, F. E., Allain, V., Appeltans, W., Batten, S. D., Benedetti-Cecchi, L., Buttigieg, P. L., Chiba, S., Costa, D. P., Duffy, J. E., Dunn, D. C., Johnson, C. R., Kudela, R. M., Obura, D., Rebelo, L-M., Shin, Y-J., Simmons, S. E. & Tyack, P. L., 18 Oct 2019, In : Frontiers in Marine Science. 6, 1 p., 643.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

  4. Evidence for discrimination between feeding sounds of familiar fish and unfamiliar mammal-eating killer whale ecotypes by long-finned pilot whales

    Curé, C., Isojunno, S., I Vester, H., Visser, F., Oudejans, M., Biassoni, N., Massenet, M., Barluet de Beauchesne, L., J Wensveen, P., Sivle, L. D., Tyack, P. L. & Miller, P. J. O., Sep 2019, In : Animal Cognition. 22, 5, p. 863-882 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Related by journal

  1. Animal Behaviour (Journal)

    Susan Denise Healy (Editor)
    1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018

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

  2. Animal Behaviour (Journal)

    Will Cresswell (Reviewer)
    15 Sep 2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

  3. Animal Behaviour (Journal)

    Michael Munro Webster (Editor)
    1 Jan 201731 Dec 2019

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

  4. Animal Behaviour (Journal)

    Susan Denise Healy (Editor)
    1 Jan 201731 Dec 2017

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

  5. Animal Behaviour (Journal)

    Susan Denise Healy (Editor)
    1 Jun 201631 Dec 2016

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

Related by journal

  1. Evolutionary roads to syntax

    Zuberbuhler, K., May 2019, In : Animal Behaviour. 151, p. 259-265

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Male Norway rats cooperate according to direct but not generalized reciprocity rules

    Schweinfurth, M. K., Aeschbacher, J., Santi, M. & Taborsky, M., Jun 2019, In : Animal Behaviour. 152, p. 93-101

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Precocial juvenile lizards show adult level learning and behavioural flexibility

    Szabo, B., Noble, D. W. A., Byrne, R. W., Tait, D. S. & Whiting, M. J., Aug 2019, In : Animal Behaviour. 154, p. 75-84 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Testing the role of same-sex sexual behaviour in the evolution of alternative male reproductive phenotypes

    Rayner, J. & Bailey, N. W., Nov 2019, In : Animal Behaviour. 157, p. 5-11

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Comparing functions of copulation calls in wild olive baboons, Papio anubis, using multimodel inference

    Bouquet, Y., Stephan, C., Johnson, C. A., Rothman, J. M., Neumann, C. & Zuberbühler, K., Jan 2018, In : Animal Behaviour. 135, p. 187-197 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ID: 21300445

Top