Interconnections between the Ears in Nonmammalian Vertebrates

Albert S. Feng, J. Christensen-Dalsgaard

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Abstract

Many of the nonmammalian vertebrates (anurans, lizards, crocodiles, and some bird species) have large, continuous air spaces connecting the middle ears and acoustically coupling the eardrums. Acoustical coupling leads to strongly enhanced directionality of the ear at frequencies where diffraction cues are negligible in small-sized animals. The chapter reviews the peripheral basis of directionality in these animal groups.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Senses: A Comprehensive Reference
Number of pages8
Volume3
PublisherElsevier
Publication date2010
Pages217-224
ISBN (Print)9780123708809
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • Bird
  • Directionality
  • Frog
  • Interaural coupling
  • Lizard
  • Pressure-difference receiver
  • Sound localization

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Feng, A. S., & Christensen-Dalsgaard, J. (2010). Interconnections between the Ears in Nonmammalian Vertebrates. In The Senses: A Comprehensive Reference (Vol. 3, pp. 217-224). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-012370880-9.00019-0