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Individualized Whistle Contours in Bottle-nosed Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Naturevolume 207pages434435 (1965) | Download Citation

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IN 1953, Essapian1 suggested that individual bottle-nosed dolphins, Tursiops truncatus (Montagu), may have distinctive notes which each dolphin can recognize. From his context, in using the word ‘notes’ Essapian referred to the whistle component of Tursiops phonation.

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  1. 1

    Essapian, F. S., Natural History, 62, 9 (1953).

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    Lilly, J. C., and Miller, A. M., Science, 133, 3465 (1961). Lilly, J. C., Science, 139, 3550 (1963). Dreher, J. J., and Evans, W. E., in Marine Bio-Acoustics, edit. by Tavolga, W. N. (Pergamon Press, 1964).

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    Dreher, J. J., J. Acoustical Soc. Amer., 33, 12 (1961).

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    Kellogg, W. N., Porpoises and Sonar (Univ. Chicago Press, 1961).

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  1. Allan Hancock Foundation, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

    • MELBA C. CALDWELL
  2. Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California

    • DAVID K. CALDWELL

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