Signalers and Receivers: Mechanisms and Evolution of Arthropod Communication

Signalers and Receivers: Mechanisms and Evolution of Arthropod Communication

by Michael D. Greenfield
     
 

In most terrestrial and aquatic habitats, the vast majority of animals transmitting and receiving communicative signals are arthropods. This book presents the story of how this important group of animals use pheromones, sound, vibration, and light for sexual and social communication. Because of their small to minute body size most arthropods have problems sending and… See more details below

Overview

In most terrestrial and aquatic habitats, the vast majority of animals transmitting and receiving communicative signals are arthropods. This book presents the story of how this important group of animals use pheromones, sound, vibration, and light for sexual and social communication. Because of their small to minute body size most arthropods have problems sending and receiving acoustic and optical information, each of which have their own severe constraints. Because of these restraints they have developed chemical signaling which is not similarly limited by scale. Presenting the latest theoretical and experimental findings from studies of signaling, it suggests that close parallels between arthropods and vertebrates reflect a very limited number of solutions to problems in behavior that are available within the confines of physical laws.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195134520
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Symbols
1. Communication in a Lilliputian World
2. Signal Theory and the Language of Communication
3. Chemical Signaling and the Olfactory Channel
4. Sound and Vibration and the Mechanical Channel
5. Bioluminescence and Reflected Light and the Visual Channel
6. Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Signals
7. Signal Evolution: Modification and Diversification
Notes
References
Glossary
Taxonomic Index
Subject Index

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