Vervet monkey alarm calls: Semantic communication in a free-ranging primate

  title={Vervet monkey alarm calls: Semantic communication in a free-ranging primate},
  author={Robert M. Seyfarth and Dorothy L. Cheney and Peter R. Marler},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},

The Ontogeny of Vervet Monkey Alarm Calling Behavior: A Preliminary Report

Preliminary data suggest that, among infants, the development of alarm-specific responses depends at least in part on cues received from other individuals, and the responses of infants are more adult-like if their mothers are nearby than if theirmothers are farther away.

Nonhuman primate alarm calls then and now

Against the background of the seminal papers on the vervet monkey alarm call system by Seyfarth, Cheney and Marler (1980a. 1980b), I provide an overview of context specificity in calling and call

Vervets revisited: A quantitative analysis of alarm call structure and context specificity

It is suggested that both cognitive appraisal of the situation and internal state contribute to the variation in call usage and structure, and the existing acoustic variation, possibly together with additional contextual information, allows listeners to select appropriate responses.

Responses of vervet monkeys in large troops to terrestrial and aerial predator alarm calls

It is concluded that the broader social and ecological framework in which calls occur, rather than a simple contextually regular linkage between call types and specific predators, shapes animals’ responses to calls in this species.

Vervet monkey alarm calls: Setting the historical context

I review the historical context in which the vervet alarm call papers first appeared, showing that animal behavior researchers at the time were studying a wide array of cognitive abilities in primate

Vervet monkeys ’ alarm calls : context specific or not ?

An acoustic analysis on a large set of calls recorded from five adult vervet monkey males found that monkeys must use additional contextual cues in order to properly infer if a caller responded to a terrestrial predator or a neighbouring group, and suggests that monkeys mentally represent predators.



Selective Forces Affecting the Predator Alarm Calls of Vervet Monkeys

While some aspects of the alarm-calling behavior of vervet monkeys are consistent with the hypothesis that their alarms have evolved to benefit kin, in other respects their alarms appear to have the consequence of benefitting only the alarmists themselves.

Individual and Situational Differences in the Vocalizations of Young Stumptail Macaques (Macaca Arctoides)

Individual differences in acoustic features and rates of vocalization are correlated with stages of social development, serve as contextual cues, and are an important source of variability in primate communication.

Individuality in a long-range vocalization of wild chimpanzees.

A consistent sexual difference was found, as well as a possible ageclass difference, in the pant-hooting vocalization of seven chimpanzees at the Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania.

A Comparative Study of the Songs and Alarm Calls of some Parus Species

Titmice vocalizations are presented with a view to examining variation within and between species, andSpectrographic and oscillographic analyses are made of territorial song and alarm calls.

Ecology of Vervet Monkeys (Cercopithecus Aethiops) in The Masai‐Amboseli Game Reserve, Kenya

Study of food habits shows that they were opportunistic omnivores, and analysis of home range utilization demonstrated differences between 4 groups showed the smallest group distributed its time over a greater area than did the other groups.

The gestures of a gorilla: Language acquisition in another pongid

Predatory Behavior of Yellow Baboons

Estimates of the total number of prey killed annually by Amboseli baboons indicate that baboon predation probably has a negligible effect on prey populations other than vervet monkeys, and it is speculated that the need for vitamin B12 underlies baboon predatory behavior, and perhaps that of other primate species as well.

Snake‐directed Behavior by Snake Naive and Experienced California Ground Squirrels in a Simulated Burrow

Snake naive and experienced California ground squirrels were video taped while interacting with either a gopher snake or rattlesnake in a simulated burrow dimly illuminated with red light, and olfactory and auditory stimuli from the snake appeared to mediate snake-directed behavior in the burrow.