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Interaction Between Echolocating Bats and Their Prey

  • Annemarie Surlykke
Part of the NATO ASI Science book series (NSSA, volume 156)


The echolocation system of microchiropteran bats is more sophisticated than that of any other terrestrial vertebrate (Schnitzler & Henson, 1980). Most bats are obligate echolocators but interaction between bats and their prey is not necessarily mediated solely by echolocation. Bats may rely heavily on passive hearing, i.e. detection of sounds produced by the prey (Barclay, 1982; Barclay et al., 1981; Buchler & Childs, 1981; Tuttle et al., 1985). Other sensory modalities (sight, olfaction, thermoreception) may also be involved in prey detection and localization (Fenton, 1984; Goldman & Henson, 1977; Kurten & Schmidt, 1982; Joerman, 1984; Bell, 1982). Bats exploiting such cues may cease echolocation in the final phase (Fiedler, 1979), hence, minimizing the prey’s potential possibility of detecting the echolocation signals of the predator.


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  • Annemarie Surlykke
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  1. 1.Institute of BiologyOdense UniversityOdense MDenmark

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