Active Space and the Role of Amplitude in Plant-Borne Vibrational Communication

  • Valerio MazzoniEmail author
  • Anna Eriksson
  • Gianfranco Anfora
  • Andrea Lucchi
  • Meta Virant-Doberlet
Part of the Animal Signals and Communication book series (ANISIGCOM, volume 3)


Unlike airborne signals, substrate-borne vibrational signals are confined within the size and shape of their medium of communication, which in the case of small arthropods often coincides with the host plant. By following the substrate continuity, a vibrational signal creates a more or less complex active space network that enables communication between individuals. Due to the heterogeneity of plants, physical properties of the substrate can vary in the efficiency of signal transmission and in the diffusion of signals along the tissues. Under such circumstances, the identification and location of a potential partner may be a difficult task. Amplitude cues can be of great importance in orientation to the source of a vibrational signal by providing information about both direction and distance. As examples, we present two case studies on mating behavior of a leafhopper and a planthopper.


Active Space Mating Behavior Receptive Female Vibrational Signal Courtship Song 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valerio Mazzoni
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anna Eriksson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gianfranco Anfora
    • 1
  • Andrea Lucchi
    • 2
  • Meta Virant-Doberlet
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems and BioresourcesFondazione Edmund MachSan Michele all’AdigeItaly
  2. 2.Department C.D.S.L., Section of Agricultural EntomologyUniversity of PisaPisaItaly
  3. 3.Department of EntomologyNational Institute of BiologyLjubljanaSlovenia

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