Journal of comparative physiology

, Volume 145, Issue 4, pp 431–435

Target-detection by the echolocating bat,Eptesicus fuscus

  • Shelley A. Kick

DOI: 10.1007/BF00612808

Cite this article as:
Kick, S.A. J. Comp. Physiol. (1982) 145: 431. doi:10.1007/BF00612808


The long-range echo-detection capabilities of echolocating bats (Eptesicus fuscus) were studied in a two-choice psychophysical procedure.E. fuscus can detect 4.8 mm diameter spheres at a distance of 2.9 m, and 19.1 mm diameter spheres at a distance of 5.1 m. The threshold of echo-detection corresponds to the distance at which a target returns an echo amplitude in the region of 0 dB SPL. The results demonstrate that the maximum effective range of bat sonar is greater than previously indicated by obstacleavoidance and target-interception tasks.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shelley A. Kick
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA

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