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Electroreception

Lon A. Wilkens and Michael H. Hofmann

in Sensory Evolution on the Threshold

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252783
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934122 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252783.003.0020
Electroreception

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This chapter discusses electoreception in aquatic tetrapods. It gives a brief overview of the physics of electroreception, and then identifies aquatic tetrapods with electrosense abilities. It also describes the presence of electroreceptors in aquatic tetrapods and examines their function as an electrosensory antenna. It then investigates electroreception with respect to prey detection.

Keywords: electroreception; aquatic tetrapods; electrosense; electroceptors; prey detection

Chapter.  3548 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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