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Studying Vibrational Communication

An invaluable reference for researchers interested in vibratory communication or in the evolution of communication
A landmark book for historians of science
Richly illustrated

Series: Animal Signals and Communication Volume: 3

By: Reginald B Cocroft (Editor), Matija Gogala (Editor), Peggy SM Hill (Editor), Andreas Wessel (Editor)

469 pages, 28 colour & 80 b/w illustrations


Hardback | Jul 2014 | #215733 | ISBN-13: 9783662436066
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Studying Vibrational Communication explains the key ideas, questions and methods involved in studying the hidden world of vibrational communication in animals. The authors dispel the notion that this form of communication is difficult to study and show how vibrational signaling is a key to social interactions in species that live in contact with a substrate, whether it be a grassy lawn, a rippling stream or a tropical forest canopy. This ancient and widespread form of social exchange is also remarkably understudied. A frontier in animal behavior, it offers unparalleled opportunities for discovery and for addressing general questions in communication and social evolution. In addition to reviews of advances made in the study of several animal taxa, Studying Vibrational Communication also explores topics such as vibrational communication networks, the interaction of acoustic and vibrational communication, the history of the field, the evolution of signal production and reception and establishing a common vocabulary.


Part I. Studying vibrational communication – Ideas, Concepts and History

(1) Rex Cocroft, Matija Gogala, Peggy Hill, Andreas Wessel
Fostering research progress in a rapidly growing field

(2) Peggy Hill
Stretching the paradigm or building anew? Development of a cohesive language for vibrational communication

(3) Matija Gogala
Sound or vibration, an old question in insect communication

(4) Andreas Wessel
Hildegard Strübing – a pioneer in vibrational communication research

(5) Hildegard Strübing
Sound production – the crucial factor for mate finding in planthoppers (Homoptera – Auchenorrhyncha) (Preliminary communication), 1958
[English translation of Lautäußerung – der entscheidende Faktor für das Zusammenfinden der Geschlechter bei Kleinzikaden (1958)]

Part II. The state of the field: concepts and frontiers in vibrational communication

(6) Michael S. Caldwell
Interactions between airborne sound and substrate vibration in animal communication

(7) Meta Virant-Doberlet, Valerio Mazzoni, Maarten de Groot, Jernej Polajnar, Andrea Lucchi, William O.C. Symondson, Andrej Čokl
Vibrational communication networks: eavesdropping and biotic noise

(8) Valerio Mazzoni, Anna Eriksson, Gianfranco Anfora, Andrea Lucchi, Meta Virant-Doberlet
Active space and the role of amplitude in plant-borne vibrational communication

(9) Rafael L. Rodriguez, Flavia Barbosa
Mutual behavioral adjustment in vibrational duetting

(10) Andrej Čokl, Maja Zorović, Alenka Žunič Kosi, Nataša Stritih, Meta Virant-Doberlet
Communication through plants in a narrow frequency window

Part III. Practical issues in studying vibrational communication

(11) Axel Michelsen
Physical aspects of vibrational communication

(12) Damian O. Elias, Andrew C. Mason
The role of wave and substrate heterogeneity in vibratory communication: Practical issues in studying the role of vibratory environments in communication

(13) Reginald B. Cocroft, Jennifer A. Hamel, Quang Su, Jeremy S. Gibson
Vibrational playback experiments: challenges and solutions

Part IV. Vibration detection and orientation

(14) Reinhard Lakes-Harlan, Johannes Strauß
Functional morphology and evolutionary diversity of vibration receptors in insects

(15) Jonathan Voise, Jérôme Casas
Echolocation in whirligig beetles using surface waves: an unsubstantiated conjecture

(16) Dušan Devetak
Sand-borne vibrations in prey detection and orientation of antlions

Part V. Biology and evolution of vibrational communication in some well-studied taxa

(17) Axel Michelsen
Mechanical signals in honeybee communication

(18) Michael Hrncir, Friedrich G.
Barth Vibratory communication in stingless bees (Meliponini). The challenge of interpreting the signals

(19) Nataša Stritih, Andrej Čokl
The role of frequency in vibrational communication of Orthoptera

(20) Andreas Wessel, Roland Mühlethaler, Viktor Hartung, Valerija Kuštor, Matija Gogala
The tymbal – Evolution of a complex vibration-producing organ in the Tymbalia (Hemiptera excl. Sternorrhyncha)


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