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Temporal coding of species recognition signals in an electric fish

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Science  03 Apr 1981:
Vol. 212, Issue 4490, pp. 85-87
DOI: 10.1126/science.7209524

Abstract

An electric fish in the African family Mormyridae recognizes members of its own species by "listening" to electric organ discharges, which are species-specific signatures. Reactions of fish in the field and of individual electroreceptors to both normal and modified computer-synthesized discharges emphasize the importance of the waveform (time-domain cues) in species recognition.