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Bioacoustics of domestication: Alarm and courtship calls of wild and domestic cavies

Patrícia Ferreira Monticelli & César Ades (2011). Bioacoustics of domestication: Alarm and courtship calls of wild and domestic cavies. Bioacoustics, Volume 20 (2): 169 -192

 

Abstract: 

Comparisons of wild (Cavia aperea) and domestic (C. porcellus) cavies promote an understanding of the physiological and behavioral effects of domestication. The richness and peculiarities of Cavia acoustic repertoires encourage the use of this model for testing how domestication alters repertoires and the physical structure of calls. We present a comparison between alarm and courtship calls of domestic and two populations of wild cavies from different geographic regions, one of them with a shortterm captivity history of 25 generations. We found significant differences between domestic and wild cavies in both calls, particularly in temporal parameters, and only spectral differences between two wild populations in alarm calls. There were also differences in the frequency of emission of calls: alarm calls were more frequent in the wild and courtship calls were more frequent in the domestic species. Our results suggest that domestication has influenced the temporal parameters of both alarm and courtship calls of C. porcellus, but not the spectral parameters that, instead, may be influenced by environment or population factors.

Keywords: 
alarm call, Cavia, courtship call, domestication, guinea-pig

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