Infrasonic and Seismic Communication in the Vertebrates with Special Emphasis on the Afrotheria: An Update and Future Directions

Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 53)


Infrasonic and seismic communication in terrestrial vertebrates is generally poorly known. Moreover, studies of these communication modalities have been restricted to relatively few vertebrate groups. In this chapter we begin with the non-Afrotherian vertebrates and review what is known about their infrasonic (including birds and mammals) and seismic (including amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals) communication. We then devote special sections to the Afrotherian vertebrates, concentrating on (1) infrasonic communication in elephants, (2) seismic communication in elephants, and (3) seismic communication in golden moles (Chrysocloridae). Motivated by the lack of detailed knowledge of vibration communication in chrysochlorids, we furnish a blueprint for a set of experiments that would provide novel and interesting data to fill the lacunae in our understanding of seismic signal detection and localization by these enigmatic animals.


Acoustic camera Acoustic communication Amphibian papilla Basilar papilla Golden moles Infrasound Mole-rats Moles Rayleigh waves Rumble vocalizations Substrate-borne vibrations Vibration communication 


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  2. 2.Department of Cognitive BiologyUZA 1, BiologiezentrumViennaAustria
  3. 3.Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck SurgeryStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

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