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The Communication Role of Echolocation Calls in Vespertilionid Bats

  • Jonathan P. Balcombe
  • M. B. Fenton
Part of the NATO ASI Science book series (NSSA, volume 156)


It has been demonstrated by playback presentations that some bats exploit the echolocation calls of conspecifics in a communication mode (Barclay 1982; Leonard and Fenton 1984). Barclay’s (1982) study showed that Myotis lucifugus responded positively to the calls of conspecifics, artificial representations of same, and the calls of the sympatric Eptesicus fuscus.


Silent Period Stimulus Period Echolocation Call Artificial Representation Stimulus Half 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan P. Balcombe
    • 1
  • M. B. Fenton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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