Sensory Processing in Aquatic Environments

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März 2003



Research on sensory processing or the way animals see, hear, smell, taste, feel and electrically and magnetically sense their environment has advanced a great deal over the last fifteen years. This book discusses the most important themes that have emerged from recent research and provides a summary of likely future directions. The book starts with two sections on the detection of sensory signals over long and short ranges by aquatic animals, covering the topics of navigation, communication, and finding food and other localized sources. The next section, the co-evolution of signal and sense, deals with how animals decide whether the source is prey, predator or mate by utilizing receptors that have evolved to take full advantage of the acoustical properties of the signal. Organisms living in the deep-sea environment have also received a lot of recent attention, so the next section deals with visual adaptations to limited light environments where sunlight is replaced by bioluminescence and the visual system has undergone changes to optimize light capture and sensitivity. The last section on central co-ordination of sensory systems covers how signals are processed and filtered for use by the animal. This book will be essential reading for all researchers and graduate students interested in sensory systems.


Foreword * Preface * Introduction * Introduction to
Part 1: Navigation and Communication * Sound Detection Mechanisms and Capabilities of Teleost Fishes * Trails in Open Waters: Sensory Cues in Salmon Migration * Detection and Use of the Earth's Magnetic Field by Aquatic Vertebrates * Introduction to
Part 2: Finding Food and Other Localised Sources * Physical Principles of Electric, Magnetic, and Near-Field Acoustic Orientation in Early Aquatic Vertebrates * Active Electrolocation and its Neural Processing in Mormyrid Electric Fish * Processing of Dipole and More Complex Hydrodynamic Stimuli Under Still- and Running Water Conditions * Information Processing by the Lateral Line System * Retinal Sampling and the Visual Field in Fishes * Introduction to
Part 3: The Coevolution of Signal and Sense * Underwater Sound Generation and Acoustic Reception in Fishes with Some Notes on Frogs * The Design of Color Signals and Color Vision in Fishes * Color Vision in Fishes and Its Neural Basis * Chemically Mediated Strategies to Counter Predation * Mechanisms of Ultraviolet Polarization Vision in Fish * Aspects of the Sensory Ecology of Cephalopods * Recent Progress in Aquatic Vertebrate Olfaction * Introduction to
Part 4: Visual Adaptations to Limited Light Environments * Eye Design and Vision in Deep-Sea Fishes * Spectral Sensitivity Tuning in the Deep-Sea * Visual Adaptations in Crustaceans: Chromatic, Developmental and Temporal Aspects * Introduction to
Part 5: Central Coordination and Evolution of Sensory Inputs * Sensory Systems and Brain Evolution Across the Bilateria: Commonalities and Constraints * Electroreception: Extracting Behaviorally Important Signals from Noise * In a Fish's Mind's Eye: The Visual Pallium of Teleosts * Paddlefish and Platypus: Parallel Evolution of Passive Electroreception in a Rostral Bill Organ * Index
EAN: 9780387955278
ISBN: 0387955275
Untertitel: 140 Abbildungen. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2003
Seitenanzahl: XXI
Format: Pappe
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