Death risk drives
shocking love songs
The need to escape predators may
have driven the growing complexity of the pulses and waves emitted by
Stoddard, P.K. 1999. Predation enhances complexity in the evolution
of electric fish signals. Nature 400(July 15):254.
Ryan, M.J. Electrifying diversity. Nature 400(July 15):211.
Zuk, M., and G.R. Kolluru. 1998. Quarterly Review of Biology
Pictures of fish plus colorized sequences of signaling are available
at Philip Stiddard's Electric Fish page at http://www.fiu.edu/~stoddard/electricfish.html.
Carl D. Hopkins
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
W263 Mudd Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Philip K. Stoddard
Florida International University
Department of Biological Science
Miami, FL 33199
University of California, Riverside
Department of Biology
Riverside, CA 92521
News, Vol. 156, No. 3, July 17, 1999, p. 37.
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