Electrocommunication in Teleost Fishes

Behavior and Experiments

  • Bernd┬áKramer

Part of the Zoophysiology book series (ZOOPHYSIOLOGY, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Bernd Kramer
    Pages 1-2
  3. Bernd Kramer
    Pages 3-15
  4. Bernd Kramer
    Pages 17-58
  5. Bernd Kramer
    Pages 217-217
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 219-240

About this book


Some fishes test their environment by generating electric fields outside their bodies (man's first contact with electricity). To send and receive electric signals, one's own or those from a neighbor, is the basis of some bony fishes' unusual sensory capacities that enable them to lead a secret, nocturnal life. This volume provides the reader with a detailed account of these fishes' biology and behavior and their sophisticated sensory capacities. The phylogenetic relationships of the fish taxa involved are discussed as well as the physiology and anatomy of the electrosensory-motor-system and the integration to form an efficient intelligence system. The main emphasis is on the descriptive and experimental analysis of electric communication behavior in a variety of species, including studies of digital signal synthesis. Whenever possible, mechanisms of communication are indicated.


Elektrische Fische Fische Kommunikation Sozialverhalten anatomy biology cognition fish physiology receptor social behavior synthesis system taxonomy

Authors and affiliations

  • Bernd┬áKramer
    • 1
  1. 1.Zoological Institute of the UniversityRegensburgGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-84028-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-84026-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0720-1842
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