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PART 3: MOTOR STRATEGIES #11: MATE CALLING IN CRICKETS I. exam I motor strategies mate calling in crickets song production by  s song recognition by  s sender-receiver matching summary. SENSORY INPUT MOTOR OUTPUT. VISION. CENTRAL INTEGRATION. COURT.

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PART 3: MOTOR STRATEGIES

#11: MATE CALLING IN CRICKETS I

  • exam I
  • motor strategies
  • mate calling in crickets
    • song production by s
    • song recognition by s
    • sender-receiver matching
    • summary
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SENSORY INPUT MOTOR OUTPUT

VISION

CENTRAL

INTEGRATION

COURT

OLFACTION

FORAGE

GUSTATION

ATTACK

AUDITION

ESCAPE

MOTIVATION

FREEZE

MOTOR STRATEGIES

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SENSORY INPUT MOTOR OUTPUT

VISION

CENTRAL

INTEGRATION

COURT

OLFACTION

FORAGE

GUSTATION

ATTACK

AUDITION

ESCAPE

MOTIVATION

FREEZE

MOTOR STRATEGIES

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SENSORY INPUT MOTOR OUTPUT

VISION

CENTRAL

INTEGRATION

COURT

OLFACTION

FORAGE

GUSTATION

ATTACK

AUDITION

ESCAPE

MOTIVATION

FREEZE

MOTOR STRATEGIES

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MOTOR STRATEGIES

  • complex activity, requires
    • eg, coordinated operation of limbs
    • often rapid & appropriate responses to environmental signals
    • sensory-motor interface... behavior itself changes requirements of subsequent behavior
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MATE CALLING IN CRICKETS

  • song production by s only...
  • innate recognition by s...
  • innate attraction by s
  • s navigate s... courtship
  • stereotypic song
  • many species... many different songs
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MATE CALLING IN CRICKETS

  • ~ 2600 modern cricket species
  • most work on 3 related temperate latitude families:
    • bush crickets (Tettigoniidae)
    • field crickets (Gryllidae)
    • mole crickets (Gryllotalpidae)
  • most nocturnal
  • high predation... many predators, avoid by
    • hiding, freezing, burrowing, fleeing, camouflage
    • short calls ~ ventriloquism... hard to locate
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MATE CALLING IN CRICKETS

  • song production in s by scraping wings together
  • several types of song
    • calling song
    • courtship song
    • aggressive song
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MATE CALLING IN CRICKETS

  • song production in s by scraping wings together
  • several types of song
    • calling song
      •  response  = positive phonotaxis
      • call & remain stationary... attract single 
      • call & move... attract many s
      • amplify & direct call using hollow trees, burrows
    • courtship song
    • aggressive song
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MATE CALLING IN CRICKETS

  • song production in s by scraping wings together
  • several types of song
    • calling song
    • courtship song
      • 1 of many signals (olfactory, visual, tactile)
    • aggressive song
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MATE CALLING IN CRICKETS

  • song production in s by scraping wings together
  • several types of song
    • calling song
    • courtship song
    • aggressive song
      • establish territory
      • threaten impending aggression
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MATE CALLING IN CRICKETS

  • several types of song
    • 1st…how NOT to study cricket songs…
    • calling song…
    • courtship song
    • aggressive song…
      • establish territory
      • threaten impending aggression
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SONG PRODUCTION BY s

  • calling by wing scissor motion = stridulation
  • file & scraper on wings
  • sound ~ comb
  • chirps & syllables
  • sonogram... amplify...
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SONG PRODUCTION BY s

  •  oscillogram
    • cycles
      • carrier frequency
      • 5 kHz
      • 1 scraper tooth
    • pulses
      • = syllables
      • 1 stridulation
    • chirps & trills
    • sequences
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HEAD

SONG PRODUCTION BY s

  • cricket CNS
    • chain of ganglia = functional aggregates of neurons
    • linked by paired connectives
    • brain (3 fused)
      • sensory input
    • subeosphageal ganglion
    • thoracic ganglia (3)
    • abdominal ganglia (?)
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SONG PRODUCTIONCIRCUITRY

  • meso- & metathoracic ganglia
  • motor neurons innervate
    • wing elevator muscles
    • wing depressor muscles
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SONG PRODUCTIONCIRCUITRY

  • meso- & metathoracic ganglia
  • motor neurons innervate
    • wing elevator muscles
    • wing depressor muscles
  • observe a coordinated

sequence of events…

  • record from
    • motoneuron
    • muscle... EMG
      • electromyogram
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SONG PRODUCTIONCIRCUITRY

  • correlate with
    • tegmen movement
    • muscle contraction
    • sound

... closing only

  • note timing of events
    • oscillating pattern
    • reciprocal output to antagonistic muscles
    • typical rhythmic motor activity... eg ,walking
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SONG PRODUCTIONCIRCUITRY

  • correlate
    • calls (A)
  • interneuron

spikes

  • motoneuron

spikes

  • activity (B)
  • inhibition (C)
  • thoracic ganglia contain central pattern generator
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TRIGGERING A SONG

  • central pattern generator (CPG)  call “machinery”
  • brain  call “decision”... from 3 experiments:
    • focal stimulation in head
      •  call & courtship songs
    • stimulate cervical connective (in “neck”)
      •  call & courtship songs
    • cut off head... stimulate individual neurons in cervical connective...
      •  call, courtship & aggression
      • single neurons encode each type of trigger
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TRIGGERING A SONG

  • central pattern generator (CPG)  call “machinery”
  • brain  call “decision”
    • signals not ~ timing

of calls, only onset

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TRIGGERING A SONG

  • brain / cervical connective stimulation shows that...
    • behavior onset but not pattern timing ~ stimulation
      • descending signals need patterning from CPG
    • stimulus freq. ~ rate of chirping
      • only rate encoded by brain
    • stimulus freq. or strength   transition from call  courtship or aggression
      • weakest trigger  call
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TRIGGERING A SONG

  • brain / cervical connective stimulation shows that...
    • duration of brain stimulus ~ duration of call
      • constant brain stimulus required for call
    • some stimulation  call suppression... stimulus off  resumed calling more intense, often  courtship, postinhibitory rebound
      • ~ song  courtship in nature
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SONG RECOGNITION BY s

  •  song &  response studied for > 200 yrs
  • how do s
    • recognize song ?
    • navigate s

... phonotaxis ?

  • can test for hrs
    • distance constant
    • never “”
  • many versions of device... different questions
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SONG RECOGNITION BY s

  •  walks toward artificial call
    • zigzag pattern
    • oscillations 60° ~ direct line to source
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SONG RECOGNITION BY s

  • what song features attract s ?
  • computer-constructed songs played s
  • varied components
    • syllable rate
    • syllable duration
    • chirp rate
    • # syllables / chirp
    • duty cycle / chirp
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SONG RECOGNITION BY s

  • what song features attract s ?
  • computer-constructed songs played s
  • varied components
    • syllable rate
      • 30 / s
    • others not critical
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ears on forelegs

  • associated with trachea

SONG RECOGNITION & LOCALIZATION

  • how does the 
    • first recognize the song ?
    • localize the song ?
  • 2 tympanic membranes
  • ~ 60 auditory receptor cells
  • auditory neurons 
  • auditory nerve CNS

(prothoracic ganglion)

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SONG RECOGNITION & LOCALIZATION

  • tracheal tubes = insect “lungs”
  • connect tympanum  outside via spiracles
  • sound via 2 routes
    • direct
    • indirect
  • distance  ½ wave
    • pull / push