Vibrational communication in subterranean mole rats (Spalax ehrenbergi)

Giora Heth, Eliezer Frankenberg, Aviad Raz, Eviatar Nevo

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We describe a vibrational communication system in subterranean mole rats of the Spalax ehrenbergi superspecies in Israel. The signals are produced by head thumping against the tunnel ceiling in a rhythmic pattern that appears to be species-specific. These signals may be effective as a means of long-distance communication between individuals within populations, as well as acting as a pre-mating isolating mechanism between populations in the final stages of speciation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-33
Number of pages3
JournalBehavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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