Encoding of Geographic Dialects in the Auditory System of the Cricket Frog

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Science  21 Dec 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4118, pp. 1272-1275
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4118.1272


The frequency sensitivity of the auditory nervous system of cricket frogs (Acris) varies geographically. This variation is closely matched to the spectral energy in their mating calls, thus enabling them to respond preferentially to the calls of their local dialect.