Journal of comparative physiology

, Volume 141, Issue 3, pp 311–317 | Cite as

Response of the cercus-to-giant interneuron system in crickets to species-specific song

  • G. Kämper
  • M. Dambach


In addition to their high frequency stridulatory sound, crickets (Gryllus campestris) also produce low frequency airborne vibrations resulting from the strokes of the crickets' wings closing and opening during stridulation. Giant interneurons of the ventral cord, which receive inputs from cereal hairs, respond to these low frequencly components of cricket song up to a distance of some ten cm. The discharges are correlated to the time course of the acoustic stimulation, therefore allowing the transmission of the time patterns (syllables, chirps) of calling song, rivalry song and even courtship song. With simultaneous recording from both sides of the abdominal nerve cord, synchronous or alternating discharges can be detected, correlated either with syllables or intervals. The response mode depends on the position of the two individuals in relation to each other. Recording directly from singing males demonstrates interneuron response to selfgenerated signals, too. A possible communicative function of the system is discussed.


Response Mode Nerve Cord Communicative Function Simultaneous Recording Time Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Kämper
    • 1
  • M. Dambach
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl TierphysiologieZoologisches Institut der UniversitätKöln 41Federal Republic of Germany

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