Auditory changes in noctuid moths endemic to a bat‐free habitat

@article{Fullard1994AuditoryCI,
  title={Auditory changes in noctuid moths endemic to a bat‐free habitat},
  author={James H. Fullard},
  journal={Journal of Evolutionary Biology},
  year={1994},
  volume={7}
}
  • J. Fullard
  • Published 1 July 1994
  • Biology
  • Journal of Evolutionary Biology
If the ears of moths exist primarily to detect the echolocation calls of hunting bats, endemic moths in bat‐free areas (i.e., species that have evolved in the absence of the selection pressure maintaining ears) should exhibit signs of deafness. Noctuid moths from the Pacific islands of French Polynesia, a site that has never possessed bats, were sampled and electrophysiologically analysed to test this hypothesis. The auditory sensitivities of seven endemic and twelve immigrant species, captured… Expand
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