Cost of tokking: the energetics of substrate communication in the tok-tok beetle,Psammodes striatus

@article{Lighton2004CostOT,
  title={Cost of tokking: the energetics of substrate communication in the tok-tok beetle,Psammodes striatus},
  author={John R. B. Lighton},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology B},
  year={2004},
  volume={157},
  pages={11-20}
}
Psammodes striatus, the ‘tok-tok’ beetle, communicates by substrate vibrations produced by tapping its abdomen on the ground. MaleP. striatus responded readily to computer-synthesized vibrations. Oxygen consumption rate ( $$\dot V_{O_2 } $$ ) of individual male beetles (n=3; mean mass 3.01 g) was continually recorded by computer before, during and after tapping communication with the computer, which also counted the beetle's replies. Standard $$\dot V_{O_2 } $$ of motionless beetles was also… CONTINUE READING
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