Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Semiotical Approach To the Ultrasonic Vocalization in the Woodmouse, Apodemus Sylvaticus L

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Behaviour

Relations between trains of ultrasonic pulses, type II calls, and behaviour were investigated in the woodmouse, Apodemus sylvaticus L. It was demonstrated that type II calls were never detected when the animal was alone in his home cage although a call of a different physical structure was recorded in this situation. In social encounters, a high production of type II calls was registered during male/male and male/female encounters (female in behavioural oestrus). In female/female interactions, U.S. production was not systematic. Analysis was primarily based on type II call rates associated with particular behavioural patterns. High rates of type II calls were measured during approach in both male/male and male/female interactions and during following-mount behaviour. These rates remained stable throughout the whole recording period when a female met a male or when two males showed overt sexual behaviour. On the other hand, there was a marked decrease in production of type II calls in correlation with approach if both males presented agonistic behaviour. The results were analysed in a semiotical perspective. This analysis led to the hypothesis that type II calls, emitted at a high rate, convey information on the probability of occurrence of behaviour leading to mating. It was observed that at least two categories of ultrasounds were concomitant with certain activities. Therefore, in a second step analysis was based on the temporal associations of type II calls with single frequency component ultrasounds. There appeared to be a strong tendency for one type II call to alternate with one single frequency component ultrasound during following-mount behaviour. This observation could have a functional role in mating.

Affiliations: 1: (Institute of Physiology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Behaviour — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation