Ecological Niche Dimensions and Sensory Functions in Amphibians

  • Robert G. Jaeger
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 18)


One of the goals of sensory ecology is to understand how taxonomic groups of animals converge or diverge in sensory functions to solve similar perceptual problems. Several chapters in this book point out how parameters of the physical environment influence sensory modes: i.e., in particularly murky waters, fishes may emphasize electroreception rather than photoreception for communication (H. Schwassmann this volume); in waters of varying quality for light transmission, different species of fishes may have eyes adapted morphologically and physiologically to perceive maximally in different parts of the visible spectrum (J. Lythgoe, this volume). This chapter on amphibians will compare and contrast the primary sensory modes (chemoreception, sound reception, photoreception) utilized by anurans and caudates. The modes emphasized by each Order are viewed as adaptations to several ecological constraints on information transmission. The constraints considered here are imposed by both the physical environment and by the number of species packed into a community.


Sensory Function Homing Behavior Bufo Bufo Sensory Ecology Phototactic Behavior 
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  1. 1.Dept. of Biol. SciencesState Univ. of N.Y. at AlbanyAlbanyUSA

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