Seismic Communication in the Amphibia with Special Emphases on the Anura

  • Peter M. NarinsEmail author
Part of the Animal Signals and Communication book series (ANISIGCOM, volume 6)


Amphibians have been defined as quadrupedal vertebrates having two occipital condyles on the skull and no more than one sacral vertebra. Although this morphologically based definition continues to be valid and accurate, we now know that, in addition, all amphibians studied to date exhibit extreme sensitivity to substrate-borne vibrations. In this chapter, the pathways through which seismic signals are transferred to the inner ear for detection and processing, as well as the most common methods of seismic signal generation in amphibians, are reviewed. Several well-studied examples of amphibians that use vibrational signals for communication are presented, and the case is made for the continued study of seismic signaling in the vertebrates.


Vibrational signals Anuran amphibians Rayleigh waves Surface waves Bioacoustics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Integrative Biology and PhysiologyUniversity of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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