[MARMAM] New publication on whistles of humpback dolphins in China

WANG Zhitao wangzhitao1230 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 6 19:26:22 PDT 2013

Dear all,

Apologies for cross posting.

We are pleased to announce the publication of the following paper about the
whistle of humpback dolphin in China:

Zhitao Wang, Liang Fang, Wenjing Shi, Kexiong Wang, and Ding Wang (2013).
Whistle characteristics of free-ranging Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins
(Sousa chinensis) in Sanniang Bay, China. *The Journal of the Acoustical
Society of America* *133*, 2479-89.

The abstract appears below.  Please download from
http://asadl.org/jasa/resource/1/jasman/v133/i4/p2479_s1  or contact Zhitao
Wang onwangzt at ihb.ac.cn, if you would like a copy of the PDF.

ABSTRACT: Broadband recording systems were adapted to characterize the
whistle characteristics of free-ranging Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins
(Sousa chinensis) in Sanniang Bay, China. A total of 4630 whistles were
recorded, of which 2651 with legible contours and relatively good
signal-to-noise ratios were selected for statistical analysis. Of the six
tonal types (i.e., flat, down, rise, convex, Ushaped, and sine), flat
(N=1426; 39.45%) was the most predominant, followed by down (N=754; 23.35%)
and rise (N=489; 12.34%). The whistles showed a short duration (mean6SD:
370.196285.61 ms; range: 29–2923 ms), a broad frequency range (fundamental
contour ranged from 0.52 to 33 kHz), and two harmonics (mean6SD: 1.9062.74,
with the maximum frequency of harmonics beyond 96 kHz). Whistles without
gaps and stairs accounted for 76.7% and 86.4%, respectively. No significant
interspecies differences in frequency parameters were observed compared
with S. teuszii, which is inconsistent with morphological taxonomies but
confirms phylogenetic results, thus suggesting a close relation between
Chinese S. chinensis and Atlantic S. teuszii. Significant intra- and
interspecific differences in the genus Sousa were also observed, indicating
that animal vocalization may not be limited by genetically determined
traits but could also be a function of local habitat adaptation.


Wang Zhitao,   Doctoral candidate
Institute of Hydrobiology,
The Chinese Academy of Sciences,
Donghu East Road 5#,
Wuhan 430074, P.R. China
Email: wangzt at ihb.ac.cn
Tel: 86-27-87801331;

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