Auditory Systems of Drosophila and Other Invertebrates

Yun Doo Chung and Jeongmi Lee

in The Oxford Handbook of Invertebrate Neurobiology

Published in print April 2019 | ISBN: 9780190456757
Published online March 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190456764 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Auditory Systems of Drosophila and Other Invertebrates

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Hearing in invertebrates has evolved independently as an adaptation to avoid predators or to mediate intraspecific communication. Although many invertebrate groups are able to respond to sound stimuli, insects are the only group in which hearing is widely used. Therefore, we will focus here on the auditory systems of some well-known insect models. Appearance of the ability to perceive sound in insects is presumably a quite recent event in evolution. As a result of independent evolution, diverse types of hearing organs are evolved in insects. Here we will introduce basic features of insect ears and the mechanisms through which sound stimuli are converted into neuronal electric signals. We will also summarize our current understanding of neural processing of auditory information, including tonotopy, sound localization, and pattern recognition.

Keywords: insect hearing; velocity receivers; pressure receivers; tonotopy; frequency tuning; sound localization; pattern recognition

Article.  10653 words. 

Subjects: Invertebrate Neurobiology

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