Multiple environmental contexts and communication in pygmy marmosets (Cebuella pygmaea)

Charles T. Snowdon, Stella De La Torre

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There are multiple components to the concept of Umwelt experienced by an organism that may constrain the type and structure of communication signals as well as the usefulness of these signals. To illustrate the impact of these multiple environmental components, the authors used signals of the pygmy marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea), a small primate from the western Amazon. The authors summarize studies to show how the physical effects of the habitat; effects of other species, both predators and nonpredators; anthropogenic effects on the communication environment; within-group and between-groups influences other pygmy marmosets exert; and ontogeny influence the structure and usage of vocal signals. Communication within a species can be understood only in consideration of each of these contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-188
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Comparative Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2002


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