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Arthropod NavigationAnts, Bees, Crabs, Spiders Finding Their Way

Ken Cheng

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Cognition

Second edition

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195392661
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195392661.013.0019

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Arthropod NavigationAnts, Bees, Crabs, Spiders Finding Their Way

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Arthropods are a much-studied group of animals. They include insects, spiders, and hard-shelled invertebrates such as crabs. This chapter reviews four broad topics on the navigational behavior of arthropods. The first is path integration, the ability to keep track of the straight-line distance and direction from one’s starting point. The second is route behavior, in which landmarks figure in various ways. The third is the use of landmarks, both to chart an initial course and to pinpoint a target. The fourth is map-like navigational behavior. The chapter presents an overview including some classic work and current trends and issues.

Keywords: arthropods; navigation; path integration; landmark; route

Article.  13699 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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