2013, VIII, 453 p. 107 illus., 34 illus. in color.
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Includes studies on different taxa ranging from insects to mammals
Discusses also the implications of anthropogenic noise for conservation
The study of animal communication has led to significant progress in our general understanding of motor and sensory systems, evolution, and speciation. However, one often neglected aspect is that signal exchange in every modality is constrained by noise, be it in the transmission channel or in the nervous system. This book analyses whether and how animals can cope with such constraints, and explores the implications that noise has for our understanding of animal communication. It is written by leading biologists working on different taxa including insects, fish, amphibians, lizards, birds, and mammals. In addition to this broad taxonomic approach, the chapters also cover a wide array of research disciplines: from the mechanisms of signal production and perception, to the behavioural ecology of signalling, the evolution of animal communication, and conservation issues. This volume promotes the integration of the knowledge gained by the diverse approaches to the study of animal communication and, at the same time, highlights particularly interesting fields of current and future research.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Animal Behaviour - Animal Communication - Animal physiology - Evolution - Information Theory - Neurobiology - Noise Pollution - Senory Ecology - Signal Detection Theory - Signal-to-Noise Ratio