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GERBILS (great Rhombomys opimus and pallid Gerbillus perpallidus)


Study Site: Moscow Zoo (Moscow prov., Russia).
Dates: Since 1999.
Participants: Volodin Ilya, Volodina Elena, Kalashnikova Maria, Voinilovitch Maria, Doronina Lilya.
Collaborators: Goltsman Mikhail (Lomonosov Moscow State University).
Popular papers: <Science & Life>


The question of relations between the call structures and internal states of animals is of most importance. One of the most actual tasks of bioacoustics is whether the voice provides reliable indicators of pathology or stress. Resolving of this questions helps to find vocal indicator of welfare of animals kept in captivity. Vocal indicators of welfare represent a non-invasive tool of analysis, without traumatic or unpleasant for animals manipulations. The particular purpose of this study is to reveal the relationships between the call structures produced by defending gerbils and the tense of encounters.


sound videoSounds in the Gallery.

emotional arousal

Calls of the great gerbils.

great gerbil calls




  • Zaytseva A.S., Volodin I.A., Ilchenko O.G., Volodina E.V. Discomfort-related changes in pup ultrasonic calls of fat-tailed gerbils Pachyuromys duprasi // Bioacoustics, 2017, V. 26, N 1, p. 1-13. 229.pdf
  • Zaytseva A.S., Ilchenko O.G., Volodin I.A., Volodina E.V. Early postnatal development of the fat-tailed gerbil (Pachyuromys duprasi, Rodentia, Gerbillinae) in a laboratory colony // Zoologicheskii Zhurnal, 2016, V. 95, 1, P. 94-103. (available in Russian). 223.pdf
  • Volodin I.A., Volodina E.V., Gogoleva S.S., Doronina L.O. Indicators of emotional arousal in vocal emissions of the humans and nonhuman mammals // Russian Journal for General Biology, 2009, v. 70, N 3, p. 210-224. (available in Russian). 168.pdf
  • Volodin I.A., Volodina E.V., Filatova O.A. Structural peculiarities, occurrence and functional significance of nonlinear phenomena in calls of terrestrial mammals // Russian Journal for General Biology, 2005, v. 66, N 4, p. 346-362. (available in Russian). 140.pdf
  • Volodina E.V., Volodin I.A. Vocalizations as internal states indicators in mammals: A review // Current Biology Achievements (Uspekhi Sovremennoi Biologii), 2001, v. 121, N 2, p. 180-189. (available in Russian). 122.pdf
  • Volodin I.A., Goltsman M.E. Acoustic activity displayed in the agonistic behavior of Great and Light gerbils // Doklady Biological Sciences, 2000, v. 371, p. 176-178. Translated from Doklady Akademii Nauk, 2000, v. 371, N 4, p. 553-555. 304.pdf
  • Volodin I.A. Species-specific characteristics of gerbils (Rodentia, Gerbillidae) behaviour in captivity. Ph.D. Thesis Abstract, Moscow, 1999, 24 p. (available in Russian). 119.pdf
  • Volodin I.A., Goltsman M.E. Characteristics of movement velocity of animals placed together in pairs in two allied species of jirds // Doklady Biological Sciences, 1998, v. 363, p. 574-578. Translated from Doklady Akademii Nauk, 1998, v.363, N 3, p. 425-428. 302.pdf
  • Volodin I.A., Goltsman M.E., Kalashnikova M.V. Dynamics of agonistic interaction between paired animals in three gerbil species // Doklady Biological Sciences, 1998, v. 363, p. 583-586. Translated from Doklady Akademii Nauk, 1998, v.363, N 4, p. 570-573. 303.pdf
  • Goltsman M.E., Volodin I.A. Temporal pattern of agonistic interaction in two gerbil species (Rhombomys opimus and Gerbillus perpallidus) differing in resistance to social pressure // Ethology, 1997, v. 103, p. 1051-1059. 115.pdf
  • Volodin I.A., Goltsman M.E., Borisova N.G. Situational changes in vocalization of Great gerbils (Rhombomys opimus Licht.) during defensive behavior // Doklady Biological Sciences, 1994, v. 334, p. 65-68. Translated from Doklady Akademii Nauk, 1994, v. 334, N 4, p. 529-532. 301.pdf