Special Issue "Elephant Communication"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2022) | Viewed by 41964
Interests: vocal communication; animal behavior; social learning; cognition
The living elephants are divided into three species within two genera, the African savannah (Loxodonta africana) and forest elephant (L. cyclotis) and the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus). Although living in substantially different habitats, they are all extremely social and cooperative, and intra-specific communication is highly developed. All social contacts are influenced by gestural, olfactory, tactile, vocal, and, potentially, seismic signals.
Elephants are distinct in various aspects. The proboscis, a muscular hydrostat and multifunctional organ, is multimodally used in social and reproductive events. Elephants have the most scent-capturing genes of any animal, and research has so far only scratched the surface of their world of olfaction. In the vocal domain, elephants are special due to their capacity for vocal production learning, a rare trait in non-human mammals. Elephants are long-lived, large brained, and cognitive animals, but we still know very little about how learning (i.e., social learning) affects elephant behavior in general.
Most research papers have focused on a single modality (e.g., sound or olfaction), but a more holistic approach is needed. This Special Issue aims to gather, in one publication, the most recent advances on elephant communication and social behavior. We welcome original papers, reviews, or case studies on Loxodonta spp. and Elephas maximus that reveal key characteristics of the species and genera. This Special Issue also hopes to stimulate discussion and collaboration among specialists and to establish ideas for further experimental research in order to assess the cognitive mechanisms underlying elephant communication and social behavior.
Dr. Angela S. Stoeger
Dr. Anton Baotic
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