The Sensory Ecology of Acoustic Communication in Insects

  • Heiner Römer
Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 10)


Why should we consider ecological aspects in the context of acoustic communication at all? Ecology may be defined as the study of the interaction of an organism with its environment, including other organisms. Behavioral ecologists, for example, focus their interest on the interactions between an animal and its conspecifics, its predators and prey, food resources, territories, etc. Like ethologists, they are primarily concerned with the adaptive value and/or the evolution of behavior rather than the mechanisms being used. By contrast, sensory ecologists are more concerned with the mechanisms that enable an animal to produce or utilize signals and how the information about identity or location of the sender is transmitted to the receiver(s).


Sound Pressure Level Acoustic Communication Sound Transmission Calling Song Male Call 
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