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dc.contributor.authorCharlton, Benjamin D.
dc.contributor.authorMartin-Wintle, Meghan S.
dc.contributor.authorOwen, Megan A.
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Hemin
dc.contributor.authorSwaisgood, Ronald R.
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-13T01:33:44Z
dc.date.available2020-05-13T01:33:44Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.doi10.1098/rsos.181323
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12634/156
dc.description.abstractSurprisingly little is known about how mammal vocal signals are used to achieve behavioural synchrony in the lead up to copulation. The ability to signal short-term fluctuations in arousal levels and behavioural intention is likely to be particularly important for synchronizing mating behaviour in asocial species, which must overcome their natural avoidance and aggressive tendencies to mate. Here, we examined vocal behaviour during breeding encounters in captive giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) to gain a greater understanding of how close-range vocal signalling mediates reproduction in this asocial, and conservation-dependent species. Our results revealed that the occurrence of different giant panda vocalizations and acoustic variation within these calls is predictive of successful encounters leading to copulation, as opposed to unsuccessful encounters that do not. In addition, key differences were detected between vocalizations produced during and just prior to copulation. These findings illustrate that vocal exchanges are crucial for achieving behavioural synchrony and signalling intention to mate in giant pandas, and could also provide a valuable tool for breeding programmes, helping conservation managers to assess the likelihood of breeding introductions leading to copulation or potentially injurious failure.
dc.language.isoen
dc.relation.urlhttp://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/5/10/181323
dc.rights© 2018 The Authors.. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited.
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectGIANT PANDAS
dc.subjectBREEDING
dc.subjectMATING
dc.subjectSEXUAL BEHAVIOR
dc.subjectVOCALIZATIONS
dc.titleVocal behaviour predicts mating success in giant pandas
dc.typeArticle
dc.source.journaltitleRoyal Society Open Science
dc.source.volume5
dc.source.issue10
dc.source.beginpage181323
dcterms.dateAccepted2018
refterms.dateFOA2020-05-13T01:33:44Z
html.description.abstractSurprisingly little is known about how mammal vocal signals are used to achieve behavioural synchrony in the lead up to copulation. The ability to signal short-term fluctuations in arousal levels and behavioural intention is likely to be particularly important for synchronizing mating behaviour in asocial species, which must overcome their natural avoidance and aggressive tendencies to mate. Here, we examined vocal behaviour during breeding encounters in captive giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) to gain a greater understanding of how close-range vocal signalling mediates reproduction in this asocial, and conservation-dependent species. Our results revealed that the occurrence of different giant panda vocalizations and acoustic variation within these calls is predictive of successful encounters leading to copulation, as opposed to unsuccessful encounters that do not. In addition, key differences were detected between vocalizations produced during and just prior to copulation. These findings illustrate that vocal exchanges are crucial for achieving behavioural synchrony and signalling intention to mate in giant pandas, and could also provide a valuable tool for breeding programmes, helping conservation managers to assess the likelihood of breeding introductions leading to copulation or potentially injurious failure.


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