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Insect Hearing and Acoustic Communication

  • Berthold Hedwig

Part of the Animal Signals and Communication book series (ANISIGCOM, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Berthold Hedwig
    Pages 1-3
  3. Johannes Strauß, Reinhard Lakes-Harlan
    Pages 5-26
  4. Heiner Römer, Adam R. Smith, Moira van Staaden
    Pages 27-43
  5. Michael D. Greenfield
    Pages 81-100
  6. Paulo J. Fonseca
    Pages 101-121
  7. Andreas Stumpner, Manuela Nowotny
    Pages 143-166
  8. Johannes Schul, Sarah L. Bush, Katy H. Frederick
    Pages 167-183
  9. Damiano Zanini, Bart Geurten, Christian Spalthoff, Martin C. Göpfert
    Pages 205-218
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 219-222

About this book


This volume provides a comprehensive selection of recent studies addressing insect hearing and acoustic communication. The variety of signalling behaviours and hearing organs makes insects highly suitable animals for exploring and analysing signal generation and hearing in the context of neural processing, ecology, evolution and genetics. Across a variety of hearing species like moths, crickets, bush-crickets, grasshoppers, cicadas and flies, the leading researchers in the field cover recent scientific progress and address key points in current research, such as: - How can we approach the evolution of hearing in insects and what is the developmental and neural origin of the auditory organs? - How are hearing and sound production embedded in the natural lifestyle of the animals, allowing intraspecific communication but also predator avoidance and even predation? - What are the functional properties of hearing organs and how are they achieved at the molecular, biophysical and neural levels? - What are the neural mechanisms of central auditory processing and signal generation?
The book is intended for students and researchers both inside and outside of the fascinating field of bioacoustics and aims to foster understanding of hearing and acoustic communication in insects.


Biophysics Hearing organs Neural processing Sound production Tympanal hearing organs Bladder grasshoppers Auditory parasitoid flies Acoustic anti-predator strategies Nocturnal Lepidoptera Cicadia Crickets Bush-cricket auditory pathway

Editors and affiliations

  • Berthold Hedwig
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

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