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Spatial perception mediated by insect antennal mechanosensory system

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Animals perceive their surroundings using various modalities of sensory inputs to guide their locomotion. Nocturnal insects such as crickets use mechanosensory inputs mediated by their antennae to orient in darkness. Spatial information is acquired via voluntary antennal contacts with surrounding objects, but it remains unclear whether the insects modulate behaviors mediated by other sensory organs based on that information. Crickets exhibit escape behavior in response to a short air puff, which is detected by the abdominal mechanosensory organs called cerci and is perceived as a ‘predator approach’ signal. We…..

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Article Information
Nwuneke Okereke Ifere,Hisashi Shidara, Nodoka Sato, and Hiroto Ogawa,
Spatial perception mediated by insect antennal mechanosensory system,
J Exp Biol (2022) 225 (4): jeb243276.
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.243276