Keeping an "ear" to the ground: seismic communication in elephants

Physiology (Bethesda). 2007 Aug;22:287-94. doi: 10.1152/physiol.00008.2007.


This review explores the mechanisms that elephants may use to send and receive seismic signals from a physical, anatomical, behavioral, and physiological perspective. The implications of the use of the vibration sense as a multimodal signal will be discussed in light of the elephant's overall fitness and survival.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animal Communication*
  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology
  • Bone Conduction / physiology
  • Elephants / physiology*
  • Environment
  • Foot / physiology*
  • Perception
  • Vibration*