Temporal Pattern as a Cue for Species-Specific Calling Song Recognition in Crickets

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Science  27 Apr 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4391, pp. 429-432
DOI: 10.1126/science.204.4391.429


Female crickets can recognize conspecific calling song from its temporal pattern alone. In Teleogryllus oceanicus, the song pattern consists of three classes of interpulse intervals arranged in a stereotyped sequence. Females recognize a model song in which the sequential order of intervals is random. This argues against the hypothesis that recognition results from matching auditory input to an internal template of the song.