Acoustics of male rutting roars in the endangered population of Mesola red deer Cervus elaphus italicus

Della Libera, Matteo, Passilongo, Daniela and Reby, David (2015) Acoustics of male rutting roars in the endangered population of Mesola red deer Cervus elaphus italicus. Mammalian Biology, 80 (5). pp. 395-400. ISSN 1616-5047

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Abstract

Mesola red deer are the only native red deer population remaining in peninsular Italy (Mattioli and Ferretti, 2014 and Zachos et al., 2014). Their peculiar morphological aspects and genetic makeup have earned them the qualification of Evolutionary Significant Unit (ESU), and the status of subspecies has recently been proposed. Despite this, their behaviour remains poorly documented. Because vocal behaviour, including rutting vocalisations, can provide useful phylogenetic signals (Cap et al. 2008), we present the first description of the main sexually selected male call. We find that roars of Mesola red deer are characterised by a relatively low average fundamental frequency (79 Hz) compared to that of most continental red deer populations, confirming the phenotypic originality of Mesola red deer and strengthening the case for its conservation. We also report that roars contain cues to identity, which could support individual recognition tools for monitoring this endangered population.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2015 14:46
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 04:49
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55292

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