Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior

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Arthropod Cognition

  • Cody A. Freas
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_830-1

Synonyms

Definition

The perceiving, learning, and utilizing of information exhibited in the invertebrate animal phylum, Arthropoda.

Introduction

Arthropods are a widely studied animal group, inspiring interest across a broad range of scientific disciplines due to the diversity of the environments they inhabit and their broad range of ecology. This group’s versatility has resulted in arthropods being the most successful animal group on the planet, with their membership including spiders, insects, and crustaceans. Arthropods are characterized as a group by their segmented bodies, appendages with joints, a hard external exoskeleton, and a lack of internal bone structures. To the layman, the behaviors of these “lower order” organisms might appear as inflexible or hardwired and reflect the appearance of only limited cognitive abilities when compared to the cognition of vertebrates. However, there exists a wealth...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cody A. Freas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Joseph Boomer
    • 1
  1. 1.University at BuffaloBuffaloUSA