Songs of male humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, are involved in intersexual interactions

@article{Smith2008SongsOM,
  title={Songs of male humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, are involved in intersexual interactions},
  author={Joshua N. Smith and Anne Wilson Goldizen and Rebecca A. Dunlop and Michael J. Noad},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2008},
  volume={76},
  pages={467-477}
}

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