Dialects in Japanese Monkeys: Vocal Learning and Cultural Transmission of Locale-specific Vocal Behavior?
Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
1975 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Volume 38, Issue 3, pages 304–314, January-December 1975
How to Cite
Green, S. (1975), Dialects in Japanese Monkeys: Vocal Learning and Cultural Transmission of Locale-specific Vocal Behavior?. Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, 38: 304–314. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1975.tb02006.x
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
- Received: 2. 5. 1974
Differences were detected by ear in vocalizations made during artificial feeding of Japanese monkey troops at three locations. Tape recording and sound spectrographic analysis confirmed a distinctive vocal pattern specific to each site and used only in the provisioning situation. The 3 different acoustic morphologies are variations on a shared tonal theme. Vocal learning by Macaca fuscata may have occurred separately at each site regulated by species-wide constraints on vocal production.