Genetic Control of Song Specificity in Crickets

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Science  06 Apr 1973:
Vol. 180, Issue 4081, pp. 82-83
DOI: 10.1126/science.180.4081.82


The calling song of male field crickets is composed of stereotyped rhythmic pulse intervals, which are predictable expressions of genotype. Females identify conspecific males by their song. Two species of crickets were found to exhibit species-specific song preference, and hybrids between them preferred hybrid calls over either parental call. These results imply genetic control of song reception as well as transmission.