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Dialects and Usage Patterns of Weddell Seal 'Leptonychotes weddelli' Underwater Vocalisations
Entry ID: ASAC_556

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Abstract: Underwater recordings of vocalisations of Weddell seals were obtained at 8 locations within the Vestfold Hills (7) and Larsemann Hills (1). The recordings were made near groups of seals on the ice during the mid to late part of the breeding season. Recordings were obtained using a variety of hydrophones and both Sony Digital Audio Tape (130 during 1992 season) and standard analogue cassette (60 ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -68.0   S: -69.0   E: 78.0   W: 76.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1991-11-28
Stop Date: 1992-02-09

Start Date: 1992-11-13
Stop Date: 1992-12-14
ISO Topic Category
Quality The analogue and digital format underwater recordings were made on an opportunistic basis within fjords and along the coastline near Davis and at the Larsemann Hills. All recordings were made near groups of breeding seals (20 mother-pup pairs). The numbers of males and females in the water, under the ice, were unknown.
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Pahl, B.C., Terhune, J.M. and Burton, H.R. (1996), roportional and weekly use of underwater call types by Weddell seals, Leptonychotes weddellii (Pinnipedia: Phocidae), during the breeding season at the Vestfold Hills., Australian Journal of Zoology, 44, 75-79

Pahl, B.C., Terhune, J.M. and Burton, H.R. (1997), Repertoire and geographic variation of Weddell seals, Leptonychotes weddellii (Pinnipedia: Phocidae), at the Vestfold Hills, Antarctica., Australian Journal of Zoology, 45, 171-187
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2000-08-02
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-27

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