Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 250, Issue 3, pp 531–541 | Cite as

The midline metathoracic ear of the praying mantis, Mantis religiosa

  • David D. Yager
  • Ronald R. Hoy


The praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, is unique in possessing a single, tympanal auditory organ located in the ventral midline of its body between the metathoracic coxae. The ear is in a deep groove and consists of two tympana facing each other and backed by large air sacs. Neural transduction takes place in a structure at the anterior end of the groove. This tympanal organ contains 32 chordotonal sensilla organized into three groups, two of which are 180° out of line with the one attaching directly to the tympanum. Innervation is provided by Nerve root 7 from the metathoracic ganglion. Cobalt backfills show that the auditory neuropile is a series of finger-like projections terminating ipsilaterally near the midline, primarily near DC III and SMC. The auditory neuropile thus differs from the pattern common to all other insects previously studied.

Key words

Insect hearing Ear anatomy Auditory nervous system Praying mantis, Mantis religiosa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David D. Yager
    • 1
  • Ronald R. Hoy
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Neurobiology and Behavior, Division of Biological SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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