Acoustic Communication in Insects and Anurans

Acoustic Communication in Insects and Anurans

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Walk near woods or water on any spring or summer night and you will hear a bewildering (and sometimes deafening) chorus of frog, toad, and insect calls. How are these calls produced? What messages are encoded within the sounds, and how do their intended recipients receive and decode these signals? How does acoustic communication affect and reflect behavioral and evolutionary factors such as sexual selection and predator avoidance? H. Carl Gerhardt and Franz Huber address these questions among many others, drawing on research from bioacoustics, behavior, neurobiology, and evolutionary biology to present the first integrated approach to the study of acoustic communication in insects and anurans. They highlight both the common solutions that these very different groups have evolved to shared challenges, such as small size, ectothermy (cold-bloodedness), and noisy environments, as well as the divergences that reflect the many differences in evolutionary history between the groups. Throughout the book Gerhardt and Huber also provide helpful suggestions for future research.where alternation is well developed, some individuals seemingly ignore the calls of neighbors, whereas others produce calls that are rigidly time-locked to those of a ... In some species of fireflies (Buck 1988), individuals may reset their solo rate during signaling interactions. ... Male snowy tree crickets achieve and maintain a high degree of synchrony with an artificial stimulus when the repetition rate ofanbsp;...

Title:Acoustic Communication in Insects and Anurans
Author:H. Carl Gerhardt, Franz Huber
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2002-07-15


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