Acoustic Communication by Fissiped Carnivores

  • Gustav Peters
  • W. Chris Wozencraft


The domestic dog (Canis lupus f. familiaris) and cat (Felis silvestris f. catus), which are quite vocal by mammalian standards, are not good representatives of the acoustic activities of fissiped carnivores. Fissipeds are generally thought of as mammals that communicate with smell rather than with vocalizations (Gorman and Trowbridge, this volume). Nevertheless, several carnivore acoustic signals like the howling of gray wolves (Canis lupus), the whooping of spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta), and the roaring of African lions (Panthera leo) capture the human imagination as few other animal sounds do. It is probably no accident that wolf howling—unlike other acoustic signals of carnivores—is one of the best-studied mammalian vocalizations (Theberge and Falls 1967; Cohen and Fox 1976; Tembrock 1976a, 1976b; Fox and Cohen 1977; Shalter et al. 1977; Field 1978, 1979; Fox 1978; Harrington and Mech 1978a, 1978b, 1979, 1982, 1983; Schassburger 1978; Klinghammer and Laidlaw 1979; Filibeck et al. 1982; Harrington 1986, 1987; Nikolskii and Frommolt 1986).


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