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Acoustic Communication in Fruit Flies and Mosquitoes

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Acoustic communication between conspecific males and females, mediated by wing movements, forms a key part of premating behavior in both fruit flies and mosquitoes. However, there are substantial differences in how, where, and when this communication is conducted, resulting in distinct ear anatomy and function. Here, we compare acoustic behaviors and ear anatomy between the two groups. Given the relative lack of genetic tools available until recently in mosquitoes, much remains unclear regarding the fundamental underpinnings of hearing. We describe the neural circuitry underlying hearing behaviors in fruit flies, and how equivalent mosquito circuitry can be investigated in the future.


  • Insect ear
  • Mating behavior
  • Courtship song
  • Phonotaxis

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Correspondence to Azusa Kamikouchi .

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Su, M.P., Kamikouchi, A. (2023). Acoustic Communication in Fruit Flies and Mosquitoes. In: Seki, Y. (eds) Acoustic Communication in Animals. Springer, Singapore.

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