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Vocal Distinctiveness in the Harsh Coughs of Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombats (Lasiorhinus latifrons)

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Individual differences in vocal signals are documented in numerous mammals, yet little is known about marsupial vocalisations. In this study acoustic analysis based on source-filter theory was used to document the structure of Southern hairy-nosed wombat harsh coughs, and then to examine the potential for these calls to encode individual identity. The results show that harsh coughs are highly individualised and indicate that the formant structure of these calls provides potentially important information about the identity of callers. The ecological relevance of individual distinctiveness in this endangered species is discussed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2014

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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