Comparative Bioacoustics: An Overview


by

Charles Brown, Tobias Riede

DOI: 10.2174/97816810831791170101
eISBN: 978-1-68108-317-9, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-68108-318-6





Comparative bioacoustics is extraordinarily broad in scope. It includes the stu...[view complete introduction]

Acoustic Preference Methods: Assessing Mates

- Pp. 253-301 (49)

Katharina Riebel

Abstract

Acoustic mating signals play an important role as mate attracting signals in many vertebrate and invertebrate species. Often, individuals within one population vary in the quantity and quality of their signaling effort. To test whether a signal indeed functions in mate attraction and whether variation in the signal influences this process, preference tests have been established as important research tools. This chapter reviews and explains contemporary methodology for acoustic preference testing. Special attention is given to general conceptual issues, experimental design, potential (but avoidable) experimental confounds and good testing practices.

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