W. Wickler and Dr. U. Seibt, Max-Planck-Institut für Verhaltensphysiologie, 8131 Seewiesen.
Field Studies on the African Fruit Bat Epomophorus wahlbergi (Sundevall), with Special Reference to Male Calling
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1976 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Volume 40, Issue 4, pages 345–376, January-December 1976
How to Cite
Wickler, W. and Seibt, U. (1976), Field Studies on the African Fruit Bat Epomophorus wahlbergi (Sundevall), with Special Reference to Male Calling. Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, 40: 345–376. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1976.tb00941.x
- Issue online: 26 APR 2010
- Version of Record online: 26 APR 2010
- 19. 6. 1975
Social interactions, site attachment and group cohesion were studied in a free-living colony of Epomophorus fruit bats. Daily activities in an undisturbed colony were recorded. Special attention was paid to the peculiar calling behaviour of courting ♂♂ during the night. Structure and repetition rate of their sounds were analyzed in the laboratory. A special mode of acoustic interaction was found and related to the observed spacing out of calling ♂♂ By following feeding animals in the field and by analysis of their faeces we found that besides fruits they eat special leaves which afford steroidal sapogenins.