Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Chemoreception

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jeffrey A. Riffell, John G. Hildebrand
      Pages 3-24
  3. Mechanoreception and Audition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Robyn A. Grant, Kendra P. Arkley
      Pages 59-82
  4. Vision

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. R. H. Douglas, T. W. Cronin
      Pages 169-203
  5. Infrared-Perception

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Helmut Schmitz, Anke Schmitz, Erik S. Schneider
      Pages 207-234
  6. Electroreception

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 265-269

About this book


Sensory systems have evolved to deal with complex and seemingly infinite sensory information. However, during evolution the morphology and neural circuitry of sensory organs have become “matched filters” for the characteristics of the most ecologically crucial stimuli that need to be detected, suppressing or even rejecting other less important stimuli. Not only do these matched filters allow essential sensory stimuli to be rapidly and reliably extracted for further processing, they do so with the most efficient use of the animal’s limited energy supply. The collection of chapters in this book explore these principles across the senses, in both vertebrates and invertebrates, with a rich smorgasbord of case studies that explain how matched sensory filters are an essential feature in the ecology of animal sensing.


ecophysiology infrared sensing magnetoreception mechanoreception olfaction visual orientation

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerhard von der Emde
    • 1
  • Eric Warrant
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Zoologie Neuroethologie/Sensorische ÖkologieUniversität BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Lund Vision Group, Department of BiologyUniversity of Lund Lund Vision Group, Department of BiologyLundSweden

About the editors

Prof. Gerhard von der Emde, University of Bonn, Germany Prof. Eric Warrant, University of Lund, Sweden

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