Comparative Hearing: Fish and Amphibians pp 155-217

Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 11)

Anatomy of the Central Auditory Pathways of Fish and Amphibians

  • Catherine A. Mccormick

Abstract

The vertebrate inner ear is phylogenetically ancient. The inner ear of both extinct and extant species of the earliest vertebrates, the Agnatha (jawless fishes), has a variety of anatomical characteristics that were not retained in later vertebrates, and it is uncertain whether extant agnathans can hear (Popper and Fay, Chapter 3). This chapter describes the acoustic circuits of the three classes of jawed anamniotes: the Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fish), the Osteichthyes (bony fish), and the Amphibia.

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