Studying Vibrational Communication

  • Reginald B. Cocroft
  • Matija Gogala
  • Peggy S.M. Hill
  • Andreas Wessel

Part of the Animal Signals and Communication book series (ANISIGCOM, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Studying Vibrational Communication: Ideas, Concepts and History

  3. The State of the Field: Concepts and Frontiers in Vibrational Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Meta Virant-Doberlet, Valerio Mazzoni, Maarten de Groot, Jernej Polajnar, Andrea Lucchi, William O. C. Symondson et al.
      Pages 93-123
    3. Valerio Mazzoni, Anna Eriksson, Gianfranco Anfora, Andrea Lucchi, Meta Virant-Doberlet
      Pages 125-145
    4. Rafael L. Rodríguez, Flavia Barbosa
      Pages 147-169
    5. Andrej Čokl, Maja Zorović, Alenka Žunič Kosi, Nataša Stritih, Meta Virant-Doberlet
      Pages 171-195
  4. Practical Issues in Studying Vibrational Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Axel Michelsen
      Pages 199-213
    3. Reginald B. Cocroft, Jennifer Hamel, Quang Su, Jeremy Gibson
      Pages 249-274
  5. Vibration Detection and Orientation

  6. Biology and Evolution of Vibrational Communication in Some Well-Studied Taxa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Axel Michelsen
      Pages 333-347
    3. Nataša Stritih, Andrej Čokl
      Pages 375-393
    4. Andreas Wessel, Roland Mühlethaler, Viktor Hartung, Valerija Kuštor, Matija Gogala
      Pages 395-444
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 445-462

About this book


This volume explains the key ideas, questions and methods involved in studying the hidden world of vibrational communication in animals. The authors dispel the notion that this form of communication is difficult to study, and show how vibrational signaling is a key to social interactions in species that live in contact with a substrate, whether it be a grassy lawn, a rippling stream, or a tropical forest canopy. This ancient and widespread form of social exchange is also remarkably understudied. A frontier in animal behavior, it offers unparalleled opportunities for discovery and for addressing general questions in communication and social evolution. In addition to reviews of advances made in the study of several animal taxa, this volume also explores topics such as vibrational communication networks, the interaction of acoustic and vibrational communication, the history of the field, the evolution of signal production and reception, and establishing a common vocabulary. 



Animal communication Arthropods communication Hildegard Strübing Vibration receptors insects Vibrational communication

Editors and affiliations

  • Reginald B. Cocroft
    • 1
  • Matija Gogala
    • 2
  • Peggy S.M. Hill
    • 3
  • Andreas Wessel
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Biological SciencesUniversity of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Slovenian Academy of Sciences and ArtsLjubljanaSlovenia
  3. 3.Faculty of Biological SciencesUniversity of TulsaTulsaUSA
  4. 4.Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung an der Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinMuseum für NaturkundeBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-43606-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-43607-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-7305
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-7313
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