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Variation of in-air female Weddell seal contact calls
Entry ID: ASAC_2122-4

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Abstract: From the abstract of the attached paper:

Vocal recognition may function as a critical factor in maintaining the phocid mother-pup bond during lactation. For vocal recognition to function, the caller must produce individually distinct calls that are recognised by their intended recipient. Mother-pup vocal recognition has been studied extensively in colonial otariids and appears to be ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -68.57   S: -68.57   E: 77.93   W: 77.93
  N: -77.8   S: -77.9   E: 166.7   W: 166.6

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Terhune, J.M.
Dataset Title: Variation of in-air female Weddell seal contact calls
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2005-06-29
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1997-12-01
Stop Date: 1997-12-08
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Quality Acoustic data collection:

Weddell seal female calls were recorded from four breeding sites, Weddell Arm (WA), Partizan Island (PI), Long Fjord (LF), and Topografov Island (TI), near Davis Station, Antarctica in November 1997. Routine recordings were made between noon and midnight in good weather conditions (ie, with low wind and no precipitation). Data collection was ... View entire text
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Collins, K.T., Rogers, T.L., Terhune, J.M., McGreevy, P.D., Wheatley, K.E. and Harcourt, R.G. (2005), Individual variation of in-air female 'pup contact' calls in Weddell seals, Leptonychotes weddellii., Behaviour, 142, 167-189
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DIF Creation Date: 2002-05-29
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24