The acoustic advantage of hunting at low heights above water: behavioural experiments on the European 'trawling' bats Myotis capaccinii, M. dasycneme and M. daubentonii.

@article{Siemers2001TheAA,
  title={The acoustic advantage of hunting at low heights above water: behavioural experiments on the European 'trawling' bats Myotis capaccinii, M. dasycneme and M. daubentonii.},
  author={Bj{\"o}rn M. Siemers and Peter Stilz and Hans Ulrich Schnitzler},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2001},
  volume={204 Pt 22},
  pages={3843-54}
}
We have demonstrated in behavioural experiments that success in capturing prey from surfaces in 'trawling Myotis' (Leuconoë-type) depends on the acoustic properties of the surface on which the prey is presented. Two types of surface structure were ensonified with artificial bat signals to probe their acoustic characteristics. We have shown that perception of prey by echolocation is easier if the prey is presented on a smooth surface (such as calm water) than if it is presented on a structured… CONTINUE READING
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