To investigate potential geographic variation in the echolocation calls of Gould's Wattled Bat Chalinolobus gouldii, descriptive call parameters were examined from five regions throughout Australia. Analysis of these parameters revealed a number of significant differences between the regions, especially in variables related to frequency. However, discriminant function analysis revealed extensive overlap in call parameters for the different regions. It can be concluded that, although there are differences in some parameters between regions, calls are similar overall in the five geographic regions investigated, and that the slight geographic variation which does occur does not confound the identification of C. gouldii.
Geographic variation in the echolocation calls of Gould's Wattled Bat Chalinolobus gouldii
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Linda Reinhold, Alexander Herr, Lindy Lumsden, Terry Reardon, Chris Corben, Brad Law, Patrick Prevett, Greg Ford, Lawrie Conole, Alex Kutt, Damian Milne, Glenn Hoye; Geographic variation in the echolocation calls of Gould's Wattled Bat Chalinolobus gouldii. Australian Zoologist 1 July 2001; 31 (4): 618–624. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2001.008
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