Signalers and Receivers: Mechanisms and Evolution of Arthropod Communication

Hardcover | February 15, 2002

byMichael D. Greenfield

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In most terrestrial and aquatic habitats, the vast majority of animals transmitting and receiving communicative signals are arthropods. This book presents the story of how this important group of animals use pheromones, sound, vibration, and light for sexual and social communication. Becauseof their small to minute body size most arthropods have problems sending and receiving acoustic and optical information, each of which have their own severe constraints. Because of these restraints they have developed chemical signaling which is not similarly limited by scale. Presenting the latesttheoretical and experimental findings from studies of signaling, it suggests that close parallels between arthropods and vertebrates reflect a very limited number of solutions to problems in behavior that are available within the confines of physical laws.

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In most terrestrial and aquatic habitats, the vast majority of animals transmitting and receiving communicative signals are arthropods. This book presents the story of how this important group of animals use pheromones, sound, vibration, and light for sexual and social communication. Becauseof their small to minute body size most arthr...

Michael D. Greenfield is at University of Kansas.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.18 × 1.1 inPublished:February 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195134524

ISBN - 13:9780195134520

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Table of Contents

List of Symbols1. Communication in a Lilliputian World2. Signal Theory and the Language of Communication3. Chemical Signaling and the Olfactory Channel4. Sound and Vibration and the Mechanical Channel5. Bioluminescence and Reflected Light and the Visual Channel6. Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Signals7. Signal Evolution: Modification and DiversificationNotesReferencesGlossaryTaxonomic IndexSubject Index

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"This book is very clearly written and the author has made great efforts to ensure that each chapter, following a short introductory chapter, stands on its own with a minimum of cross-referencingThisbook [is] fascinating reading for the comparative physiologists and neuroscientists."--PHYSIOLOGYNEWS