Insect Hearing pp 239-262 | Cite as

Hearing in Drosophila

  • Azusa KamikouchiEmail author
  • Yuki Ishikawa
Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 55)


Since the first analysis of the Drosophila courtship song in the early 1960s, the molecular and neural mechanisms underlying acoustic communication in fruit flies have attracted the interest of many researchers studying behavioral evolution, neuroethology, sensory systems, motor pattern control, acoustic information processing, and decision making in the brain. Recent studies utilizing a wide array of genetic tools have provided novel insights into the mechanisms of acoustic communication in Drosophila, from genes and cells to neural circuits and behaviors. Drosophila, in addition to the conventional model animals such as other singing insects, mammals, and birds, thus serves as an excellent model system for analyzing the neuronal and molecular mechanisms that are essential for information processing of acoustic signals. This chapter provides an overview of our current knowledge on hearing in Drosophila with an introduction to their acoustic communication, the hearing organs, and cells involved in the function and development of the auditory system and the auditory neural circuits in the brain.


Acoustic communication Active amplification Antennal ear Antennal mechanosensory and motor center Auditory neural circuit Auditory system Courtship song Johnston’s organ Mechanotransducer channels Primary auditory center Response properties 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of ScienceNagoya UniversityChikusa, NagoyaJapan

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