Acoustic Communication in Insects and Anurans: Common Problems and Diverse Solutions / Edition 2

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Overview


Walk near woods or water on any spring or summer night and you will hear a bewildering (and sometimes deafening) chorus of frog, toad, and insect calls. How are these calls produced? What messages are encoded within the sounds, and how do their intended recipients receive and decode these signals? How does acoustic communication affect and reflect behavioral and evolutionary factors such as sexual selection and predator avoidance?

H. Carl Gerhardt and Franz Huber address these questions among many others, drawing on research from bioacoustics, behavior, neurobiology, and evolutionary biology to present the first integrated approach to the study of acoustic communication in insects and anurans. They highlight both the common solutions that these very different groups have evolved to shared challenges, such as small size, ectothermy (cold-bloodedness), and noisy environments, as well as the divergences that reflect the many differences in evolutionary history between the groups. Throughout the book Gerhardt and Huber also provide helpful suggestions for future research.

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Editorial Reviews

Animal Behaviour
This is an extremely useful book for graduate students starting their research in the field of animal communication, as well as for lecturers preparing classes on animal behaviour, animal communication and neuroethology. . . . A comprehensive and easy to read treatise on acoustic communication, and in our university library graduate students are already lining up for a copy.”

— Phillip Bishop

Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Gerhardt and Huber cleverly span the history of classical neuroethology, but in doing so move the discipline forward by combining proximate skills with approaches such as comparative analysis using molecular markers. . . . The literature is certainly rich and these authors have drawn their arguments together with skill.”

— Win Baily

Ethology
One of the best recent books on animal communication. . . . . This book is remarkably diverse, yet this diversity was achieved without losing depth. . . . One of the best things about the book is that the authors generously highlight outstanding research questions at the end of each chapter. Many of these questions are not restricted to insects or anurans, but are more generally applicable. Thus, the book is a veritable gold-mine for graduate students looking for contemporary projects in communication, and the book creates a bench-mark by which future advances can be evaluated.. . . In a nutshell, this is a book that should b e on the bookshelf of anyone interested in animal communication or who wishes to develop lectures on communication for their animal behavior or neuroethology classes. It would make a particularly good book from which to structure an interdisciplinary graduate seminar.”

— Daniel T. Blumstein

Times Literary Supplement
This is an extremely important book that points the way to the kind of science we can expect in the coming century, in which mechanistic and evolutionary explanations are integrated in a comparative experimental context.”

— Matthew Cobb

Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
[The authors] emphasize a multidisciplinary, neuroethological approach to acoustic communication, ranging from cellular mechanisms to evolutionary theory. . . . In the short tine this book has been available, it has become a well-thumbed reference for my students. . . . I highly recommend it for anyone interested in communication by sound.”

— Andrea Megela Simmons

Copeia
This book has many outstanding features. It boasts a clear writing style. . . . It is timely, comprehensive, and authoritative. The 1250 references alone would make this book a must-have for students of evolutionary biology, neuroethology, animal behavior, herpetology, and entomology. . . . It should serve as the definitive text in this area for the foreseeable future.”

— Peter Narins

Northeastern Naturalist

"A valuable resource for any scientist of animal communications, behavior, neuroethology, and evolution. It would also be a useful supplemental or primary textbook for upper-level courses on these topics."

Animal Behaviour - Phillip Bishop

“This is an extremely useful book for graduate students starting their research in the field of animal communication, as well as for lecturers preparing classes on animal behaviour, animal communication and neuroethology. . . . A comprehensive and easy to read treatise on acoustic communication, and in our university library graduate students are already lining up for a copy.”

Trends in Ecology and Evolution - Win Baily

“Gerhardt and Huber cleverly span the history of classical neuroethology, but in doing so move the discipline forward by combining proximate skills with approaches such as comparative analysis using molecular markers. . . . The literature is certainly rich and these authors have drawn their arguments together with skill.”

Ethology - Daniel T. Blumstein

“One of the best recent books on animal communication. . . . . This book is remarkably diverse, yet this diversity was achieved without losing depth. . . . One of the best things about the book is that the authors generously highlight outstanding research questions at the end of each chapter. Many of these questions are not restricted to insects or anurans, but are more generally applicable. Thus, the book is a veritable gold-mine for graduate students looking for contemporary projects in communication, and the book creates a bench-mark by which future advances can be evaluated.. . . In a nutshell, this is a book that should b e on the bookshelf of anyone interested in animal communication or who wishes to develop lectures on communication for their animal behavior or neuroethology classes. It would make a particularly good book from which to structure an interdisciplinary graduate seminar.”

Times Literary Supplement - Matthew Cobb

“This is an extremely important book that points the way to the kind of science we can expect in the coming century, in which mechanistic and evolutionary explanations are integrated in a comparative experimental context.”

Journal of the Acoustical Society of America - Andrea Megela Simmons

“[The authors] emphasize a multidisciplinary, neuroethological approach to acoustic communication, ranging from cellular mechanisms to evolutionary theory. . . . In the short tine this book has been available, it has become a well-thumbed reference for my students. . . . I highly recommend it for anyone interested in communication by sound.”

Copeia - Peter Narins

“This book has many outstanding features. It boasts a clear writing style. . . . It is timely, comprehensive, and authoritative. The 1250 references alone would make this book a must-have for students of evolutionary biology, neuroethology, animal behavior, herpetology, and entomology. . . . It should serve as the definitive text in this area for the foreseeable future.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226288338
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 542
  • Sales rank: 1,435,432
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


H. Carl Gerhardt is the Curators' Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Franz Huber is a professor emeritus and retired scientific member of the Max Planck Society and former director of the Division for Neuroethology at the Max-Planck-Institute for Behavioral Physiology, Seewiesen.

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Table of Contents


Preface

1. Introduction

2. Acoustic Signals: Description and Peripheral Mechanisms

3. Neaural Control of Sound Production

4. Acoustic Criteria for Signal Recognition and Preferences

5. Processing of Biologically Significant Acoustic Signals in
the Auditory Periphery

6. Processing of Biologically Significant Sound Signals in
Central Auditory Systems

7. Sound Localization

8. Causes and Consequences of Chorusing

9. Acoustic Competition and Alternative Tactics

10. Female Choice Based on Acoustic Signals

11. Broad-Scale Patterns of Evolution

Appendices

Literature Cited

Index

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