Lung-based hearing in an “earless” anuran amphibian

  title={Lung-based hearing in an “earless” anuran amphibian},
  author={Thomas E. Hetherington and Eric D. Lindquist},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
The mechanisms of hearing in the fire-bellied toad Bombina orientalis, an “earless” species of amphibian that lacks a standard tympanic middle ear, were studied using laser Doppler vibrometric and neurophysiological techniques. Laser vibrometry demonstrated that the anterolateral body wall overlying the lung is much more responsive to sound than the lateral head surface overlying the inner ear. Covering the lateral body wall with silicone grease dramatically decreased auditory midbrain… CONTINUE READING
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