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Pheromones mediating sex and dominance in aquatic animals

Thomas Breithaupt and Jörg D. Hardege

in Chemical Ecology in Aquatic Systems

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583096
Published online May 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191810091 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199583096.003.0004
Pheromones mediating sex and dominance in aquatic animals

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This chapter reviews the current knowledge on pheromones of aquatic animals. Pheromones are chemical signals used for communication within a species. It has been found that species from many different animal taxa use pheromones underwater. These include reptiles, amphibians, fish, crustaceans, molluscs, rotifers, and polychaetes. The chapter then summarizes the results from species of all the different taxa, focusing on some recurrent themes and mechanisms found across taxa in aquatic pheromone research. It also states that pheromones undergo the same evolutionary selection mechanisms as other communication signals, emphasizing that signalling is adaptive for the signaller, and responding to the signal is adaptive for the receiver.

Keywords: pheromones; aquatic animals; chemical signals; communication; reptiles; amphibians; fish; crustaceans; molluscs; rotifers

Chapter.  10648 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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