Sensory Biology of Aquatic Animals

  • Jelle Atema
  • Richard R. Fay
  • Arthur N. Popper
  • William N. Tavolga
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvi
  2. Physical and Chemical Characteristics of Signals in the Aquatic Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Jelle Atema
      Pages 29-56
    3. John N. Lythgoe
      Pages 57-82
    4. Ad. J. Kalmijn
      Pages 83-130
    5. Peter H. Rogers, Mardi Cox
      Pages 131-149
    6. Ad. J. Kalmijn
      Pages 151-186
  3. Behavior: Expectation, Communication, and Sensory Performance

  4. Signal Extraction: Receptor Cells and Sensory Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Chemoreception

    3. Vision

      1. Thomas W. Cronin
        Pages 403-418
      2. Robert B. Barlow Jr., Maureen K. Powers, Leonard Kass
        Pages 419-434
      3. Russell D. Fernald
        Pages 435-466
      4. Jacob G. Sivak
        Pages 467-485
      5. William M. Saidel
        Pages 487-513
      6. R. Glenn Northcutt, Mario F. Wullimann
        Pages 515-552
    4. Mechanoreception

    5. Mechanoreception

      1. Arthur N. Popper, Peter H. Rogers, William M. Saidel, Mardi Cox
        Pages 687-710
      2. Catherine A. McCormick, Mark R. Braford Jr.
        Pages 733-756
    6. Mechanoreception

    7. Electroreception

  5. Adaptation and Sensory Systems

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 885-936

About these proceedings


This volume constitutes a series of invited chapters based on presentations given at an International Conference on the Sensory Biology of Aquatic Animals held June 24-28, 1985 at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. The immediate purpose of the conference was to spark an exchange of ideas, concepts, and techniques among investigators concerned with the different sensory modalities employed by a wide variety of animal species in extracting information from the aquatic environment. By necessity, most investigators of sensory biology are specialists in one sensory system: different stimulus modalities require different methods of stimulus control and, generally, different animal models. Yet, it is clear that all sensory systems have principles in common, such as stimulus filtering by peripheral structures, tuning of receptor cells, signal-to-noise ratios, adaption and disadaptation, and effective dynamic range. Other features, such as hormonal and efferent neural control, circadian reorganization, and receptor recycling are known in some and not in other senses. The conference afforded an increased awareness of new discoveries in other sensory systems that has effectively inspired a fresh look by the various participants at their own area of specialization to see whether or not similar principles apply. This inspiration was found not only in theoretical issues, but equally in techniques and methods of approach. The myopy of sensory specialization was broken in one unexpected way by showing limitations of individual sense organs and their integration within each organism. For instance, studying vision, one generally chooses a visual animal as a model.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jelle Atema
    • 1
  • Richard R. Fay
    • 2
  • Arthur N. Popper
    • 3
  • William N. Tavolga
    • 4
  1. 1.Marine Biological LaboratoryBoston University Marine ProgramWoods HoleUSA
  2. 2.Parmly Hearing InstituteLoyola UniversityChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Department of ZoologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  4. 4.Mote Marine LaboratorySarasotaUSA

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