Data for: Species recognition is constrained by chorus noise, but not inconsistency in signal production, in Cope's gray treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis)



Optimal mate choice based on the assessment of communication signals can be constrained by multiple sources of noise. This dataset was created to examine the effects of two possible noise sources: ambient noise caused by the treefrog chorus and the inconsistency in signal production inherent to many animal communication systems. Our data were generated using two-choice phonotaxis tests of female Cope's gray treefrogs.

This spreadsheet contains the complete dataset (in long format) from phonotaxis tests in which the authors experimentally manipulated the following independent variables: the level of within-individual variation in pulse rate in male Cope’s gray treefrog calls, the level of ambient noise during the phonotaxis test, and the mean pulse rate of the alternative stimulus. In phonotaxis tests, subjects (female treefrogs) discriminated between two stimuli. In each test, we recorded the following measures of female responses: the binary choice made by the subject and the associated response latency. Individual treefrogs were tested in more than one test; the unique alphanumeric code in the “ID” column specifies which treefrog contributed the test represented by a single row of the dataset. See the readme text for additional details.

Funding information
Sponsorship: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship under Grant No. 00039202; Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship; Joyce Davenport Fellowship in Natural History through the Bell Museum of Natural History; Animal Behavior Society Student Research Grant; National Science Foundation IOS-1452831
Date made available2020
PublisherData Repository for the University of Minnesota
Date of data productionMay 1 2015 - Jul 4 2017

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