Structure and Function in Teleost Auditory Systems

  • Richard R. Fay
  • Arthur N. Popper
Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)


In this chapter much of the recent literature on hearing in fishes has been brought together. First, the gross morphological and ultrastructural bases of sensitivity to the pressure and the motional components of underwater sound will be considered. This will be followed by a discussion of the behavioral and physiological literature on signal processing, particularly as it relates to the structure and function of the inner ear. The goal is to contribute to a greater understanding of the organizing principles of auditory processing by fishes, and by vertebrates in general, through emphasis on comparative issues and data. However, the central auditory system or the mechanism of localization, including the possible relationships between labyrinthine and lateral line function will not be considered since they are considered in other chapters (see Schuijf andBuwalda, Chapter 2; Bullock, Chapter 16; and Northcutt, Chapter 3).


Hair Cell Tuning Curve Carassius Auratus Sensory Epithelium Frequency Discrimination 
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  • Richard R. Fay
    • 1
  • Arthur N. Popper
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Parmly Hearing InstituteLoyola University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anatomy, Schools of Medicine and DentistryGeorgetown UniversityUSA

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