Gecko phonotaxis to cricket calling song: A case of satellite predation

  title={Gecko phonotaxis to cricket calling song: A case of satellite predation},
  author={S. Sakaluk and J. Belwood},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Abstract Insectivorous Mediterranean house geckos, Hemidactylus tursicus, are found in the field close to the burrows of calling male decorated crickets, Gryllodes supplicans. In playback experiments where adult geckos were presented with calls of these crickets or calls of frogs as controls, geckos exhibited positive phonotaxis to broadcast cricket calling song. This indicates that geckos orient to and approach male cricket calls, even though the crickets call from burrows where they are… Expand
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