Bats mimic hymenopteran insect sounds to deter predators

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2022

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Ancillotto, Leonardo
Pafundi, Donatella
Cappa, Federico
Chaverri Echandi, Gloriana
Gamba, Marco
Cervo, Rita
Russo, Danilo

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This study explores interspecific acoustic mimicry in mammals, particularly focusing on the greater mouse-eared bat (Myotis myotis) distress calls. These calls imitate stinging bee and wasp sounds, aiming to deter avian predators. While visual mimicry is well-documented, acoustic mimicry, a less-studied phenomenon, can also play a significant role in predator-prey interactions. The study identifies the similarities in distress calls between the bat and hymenopteran insects, and experiments with captive owls reveal their avoidance response to these mimicry-induced sounds. This research sheds light on a novel form of mimicry involving mammals and insects, adding to the understanding of the intricate relationships in the natural world.

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Mimicry, Phenomena, ACOUSTICS, Predation, EVOLUTION

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