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Biocommunication of Animals

First systematic investigation on animal communication
A broad variety of examples of rather different species
Trans-disciplinary concept

By: Günther Witzany (Editor)

300 pages, 44 colour & 24 b/w illustrations


Hardback | Sep 2013 | #208754 | ISBN-13: 9789400774131
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Every coordination within or between animals depends on communication processes. Although the signaling molecules, vocal and tactile signs, gestures and its combinations differ throughout all species according their evolutionary origins and variety of adaptation processes, certain levels of biocommunication can be found in all animal species: (a) Abiotic environmental indices such as temperature, light, water, etc. that affect the local ecosphere of an organism and are sensed, interpreted. (b) Trans-specific communication with non-related organisms. (c) Species-specific communication between same or related species. (d) Intraorganismic communication, i.e., sign-mediated coordination within the body of the organism.

Biocommunication of Animals gives an overview of the manifold levels of animal communication exemplified by a variety of species and thereby broadens the understanding of these organisms.


Preface; Gunther Witzany

1. Why Biocommunication of Animals?; Gunther Witzany
2. Signs of Communication in Chimpanzees; Mary Lee A. Jensvold et al
3. African and Asian elephant vocal communication: A cross-species comparison; Angela Stoeger, Shermin de Silva
4. The information content of wolf (and dog) social communication; Tamas Farago et al
5. Social origin of vocal communication in rodents; Stefan M. Brudzynski
6. Why the caged mouse sings: Studies of the mouse ultrasonic song system and vocal behavior; Gustavo Arriaga
7. Vibrational Communication: Spiders to Kangaroo Rats; Jan A. Randall
8. Communicative Coordination in Bees; Gunther Witzany
9. Social association brings out the altruism in an ant; Kenji Hara
10. Termite communication during different behavioral activities; Ana Maria Costa-Leonardo, Ives Haifig
11. Crows and Crow Feeders: Observations on Interspecific Semiotics; John M. Marzluff, Marc L. Miller
12. Interspecies communication with Grey Parrots: A tool for examining cognitive processing; Irene M. Pepperberg
13. Singing in space and time: the biology of birdsong; Marc Naguib, Katharina Riebel
14. Chemical persuasion in salamanders; Lynne Houck
15. Chelonian vocal Communication; Camila R. Ferrara et al
16. Cetacean Acoustic Communication; Laela S. Sayigh
17. Communication in the ultraviolet: unravelling the secret language of fish; Ulrike E. Siebeck
18. Young squeaker catfish can already talk and listen to their conspecifics; Walter Lechner
19. Cognition and recognition in the cephalopod mollusc Octopus vulgaris: coordinating interaction with environment and conspecifics; Elena Tricarico et al
20. How Corals coordinate and organize: an ecosystemic analysis based fractal properties; Pierre Madl, Gunther Witzany
21. Nematode Communication; Yen-Ping Hsueh et al


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