New social role for echolocation 3

Irene Mendez Cruz / Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
June 19, 2020
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Irene Mendez Cruz / Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Some bat species, like Molossus molossus, may search within hearing distance of their echolocating group members, sharing information about where food patches are located. Social information encoded in their echolocation calls may facilitate this foraging strategy, according to a recent study by Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) scientists and collaborating institutions published online in Behavioral Ecology.

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