Journal of Comparative Physiology A

, Volume 155, Issue 4, pp 507–520 | Cite as

Abdominal ascending interneurons in crickets: responses to sound at the 30-Hz calling-song frequency

  • Günter Kämper


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    Ascending abdominal interneurons receiving inputs from the cerci were examined by stimulating the cerci with pulses of 30-Hz sound, a frequency that corresponds to the repetition rate of the syllables in the conspecific calling song.

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    13 interneurons were morphologically identified and characterized physiologically.

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    Neurons showing little or no habituation during the sound pulse copy the stimulus pattern by discharging at a particular phase of each cycle of air motion (interneurons 10-2a, 10-3a; with qualifications also 8-1a, 9-1a and 9-3a).

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    Neurons in a second group act as frequency-dependent filters: three (9-1b, 10-1c and 11-1c) showed low-pass properties at 30 Hz, and one (8-1b) a band pass characteristic.

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    The direction of the stimulus source also affects the response; individual neurons have different best directions. In principle the animal could determine the direction of air-particle oscillation by comparing the response phases of two cells (10-2a and 10-3a) that are shown to discharge in synchrony or in alternation depending on the direction of the stimulus.

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    Changes of various parameters of the sound pulses during continuous stimulation of the cerci cause interneuron 11-1c and the newly described interneuron NN1 to give persistently increased responses.



Repetition Rate Response Phase Band Pass Individual Neuron Stimulus Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Günter Kämper
    • 1
  1. 1.Abteilung HuberMax-Planck-Institut für VerhaltensphysiologieSeewiesenFederal Republic of Germany

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