Cricket Behavior and Neurobiology
The world of crickets has long been a world of scientific adventure and human fascination. Because of their remarkable ways of communicating and because their nervous and endocrine systems are easily accessible to researchers, crickets can be studied and analyzed with great effectiveness. Starting in the 1960's, vastly improved behavioral and neurobiological techniques have brought them to the frontier of the new field of neuroethology.Here, in the most comprehensive book on crickets ever compiled, twenty-five leading scientists detail the present state of cricket research both at conceptual and at experimental levels. They tell about the manifold strategies crickets use in matching development with seasons and habitats, finding mates, and avoiding parasites and predators, and they describe the physiological mechanisms, especially the neuronal mechanisms, underlying cricket behavior. Their book is at once about communication, comparative physiology and anatomy, and environmental interaction.More than half of Cricket Behavior and Neurobiology is devoted to acoustic behavior and bioacoustics. It is intended for those interested in entomology, general and comparative physiology, biophysics, endocrinology, and chronobiology. It offers new information for behavioral physiologists and ecologists, bioacousticians, and especially neurobiologists concerned with behavior.
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Temporal Organization of Reproductive Behavior
Structure and Function of the Endocrine System
Vision and Visually Guided Behavior
Mechanoreceptors in Behavior
Songs and the Physics of Sound Production
Neural Basis of Song Production
Phonotactic Behavior of Walking Crickets
Evasive Acoustic Behavior and Its Neurobiological Basis
Biophysical Aspects of Sound Reception
Auditory Organ Structure Development and Function
Neuronal Correlates of Phono
Perspectives for Future Research
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