The evolution of urgency-based and functionally referential alarm calls in ground-dwelling species.

@article{Furrer2009TheEO,
  title={The evolution of urgency-based and functionally referential alarm calls in ground-dwelling species.},
  author={Roman D Furrer and Marta B. Manser},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2009},
  volume={173 3},
  pages={400-10}
}
A major evolutionary force driving functionally referential alarm calls is the need for different strategies to escape various predator types in complex structured habitats. In contrast, a single escape strategy appears to be sufficient in less-structured open habitats, and under such conditions urgency-dependent alarm calls may be favored. Nevertheless, some species, such as meerkats (Suricata suricatta), have evolved functionally referential alarm calls despite living in open areas, using… CONTINUE READING
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