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dc.contributor.authorZwamborn, Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-04T14:21:11Z
dc.date.available2016-08-04T14:21:11Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/72033
dc.description.abstractLong-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas) are matrilineal group-living cetaceans. They often produce repeated call sequences: the same call type repeated three or more times, roughly evenly spaced with six seconds or less between calls. I used recordings from 1998-2014 from a population off Cape Breton, Canada, to examine repeated call sequence function. I found no evidence that these calls were specific to individuals or social units or could be used to allocate social units into clans. However, there was some evidence for the horizontal transmission of call types between social units. Modifications of calls (both embellishment and morphing) were common within repeated call sequences. The rate of production of repeated calls increased with group size but not with calf presence and varied with group behaviour and between years. Thus these sequences are likely not individual or unit identifiers, or primarily mother-calf contact calls, instead possibly functioning as group contact calls.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectlong-finned pilot whaleen_US
dc.subjectGlobicephala melasen_US
dc.subjectbioacousticsen_US
dc.subjectcommunicationen_US
dc.subjectvocalizationsen_US
dc.subjectrepeated call sequencesen_US
dc.subjectcetaceanen_US
dc.subjectsocio-acoustic structureen_US
dc.subjectmodificationen_US
dc.subjectembellishmenten_US
dc.subjectbehavioural contexten_US
dc.subjectGlobicephala melaena
dc.titleRepeated Call Sequences in Long-finned Pilot Whales: Social Setting, Modification, and Behavioural Contexten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.date.defence2016-07-07
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Biologyen_US
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.external-examinern/aen_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorSophia Stoneen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerAndrew Hornen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerLeslie Phillmoreen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerLuke Rendellen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorHal Whiteheaden_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approvalNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.manuscriptsNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.copyright-releaseNot Applicableen_US
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