Outline 38 2008 Animal Communication

Outline 38 2008 Animal Communication - Lecture 38: Animal...

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Lecture 38: Animal Communication Summary. Animals have evolved complex mechanisms of communication with chemical, tactile, electrical, auditory, and visual signals. These signals serve a variety of purposes including territorial warming, alarm, mate attraction, and courtship. Interspecific communication occurs between different species of animals, between plants and animals and between plants using chemical signals. Analysis of the structure of signals shows that many have evolved to satisfy certain evolutionary constraints including ability to carry over a long distance, ease or difficulty in localizability, contrast with other signals in the environment, or as displays of an animal’s fitness. Some animals have an ability to communicate complex features of the environment such as distance and direction to food (honey bees). Reading Assignment Campbell, N. A. and Reece, J. B. (2005). Chapter 51 (pp. 1111-1113). URL for Manakin bird article:
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2009 for the course BIO 1110 taught by Professor Randywayne during the Fall '09 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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