Neural Transactions During Acoustic Stimulation of Noctuid Moths

  • K. D. Roeder
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 15)


Moths of several families have acoustic organs capable of detecting the echolocation cries made by insectivorous bats. The afferent nerve responses of these auditory organs have been studied as follows: the thoracic tympanic organs of noctuid moths (Roeder and Treat, 1957, Roeder, 1964, 1966a, 1974); the abdominal tympanic organs of geometrids (Roeder, 1974), and the cephalic palp-pilifer organs of choerocampine sphingids (Roeder and Treat, 1970, Roeder, 1972). In the case of the noctuid tympanic organ, the fine structure of the receptor region has been described by Ghiradella (1971), and the biophysics of acoustic transduction is being investigated by Adams (1971, 1972 and in press).


Spike Train Nerve Cord Acoustic Stimulus Acoustic Stimulation Stimulus Pulse 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. D. Roeder
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyTufts UniversityMedfordUSA

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