[MARMAM] New publication on spinner dolphin whistle in the Comoros

Marco Bonato marco.bonato at gmail.com
Wed Nov 25 09:26:09 PST 2015

Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of my co-authors, I'm pleased to announce the publication of a new paper:

"Whistle characteristics of the spinner dolphin population in the Comoros Archipelago"

Marco Bonato, Elena Papale, Gennaro Pingitore, Sara Ricca, Artadji Attoumane, Ahmed Ouledi, Cristina Giacoma

The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
DOI: 10.1121/1.4935518

A PDF version of the paper is available online at:

or via email request to: 
- marco.bonato at unito.it
- marco.bonato at gmail.com

Observed variations in dolphin acoustic signals may be associated with behavior, social composition, and local differences in habitat features. This study aims at characterizing whistles emitted by the spinner dolphin population occurring in the waters of the main island of the Archipelago of Comoros (Mozambique Channel, Indian Ocean) and to assess factors possibly influencing the acoustic structure of signals. All parameters examined on 953 whistles significantly differed in relation to environmental conditions, group size, and behavior. By mixed model analysis, it was found that only habitat characteristics play a role in the variation of frequency parameters, and exerted on the acoustic structure of whistles stronger influence than socio-behavioral factors. Spinner dolphins occurring in the Comoros archipelago use higher frequencies and show longer signal duration compared to those from the Pacific and the Atlantic. Results suggest that frequency parameters are distinctive of the local population and reflect the habitat use of the species in the area. In conclusion, acoustic measurements may be crucial elements to be included in monitoring programs to identify local peculiarities of dolphins’ populations.

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Marco Bonato

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