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Vocal Communication and Social Knowledge in African Elephants

Karen McComb, David Reby and Cynthia J. Moss

in The Amboseli Elephants

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780226542232
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226542263 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226542263.003.0010
Vocal Communication and Social Knowledge in African Elephants

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This chapter evaluates the extent of social knowledge based on vocal signals in female African elephants. It examines how information on social identity is coded in calls and the distances over which this information remains intact. The chapter considers the causes and consequences of differences in social knowledge acquisition between family groups, highlighting the key role of the matriarch as a repository of social information.

Keywords: social knowledge; vocal communication; African elephants; female elephants; social identity; family groups

Chapter.  7626 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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