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Sensory Ecology, Behaviour, and Evolution$
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Martin Stevens

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199601776

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601776.001.0001

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Adapting to the Environment

Adapting to the Environment

(p.164) Chapter 10 Adapting to the Environment
Sensory Ecology, Behaviour, and Evolution

Martin Stevens

Oxford University Press

The environment significantly affects the way that organisms interact and communicate. This chapter discusses the how different habitats and environments influence the way that information is acquired and how signals are transmitted; how environmental noise can interfere with obtaining relevant information; how organisms use different signal forms in different environments, switch between sensory modalities, including sensory plasticity, or tune their sensory systems to cope best with the environment; how environmental noise, both natural and anthropogenic, can affect communication; and how this can influence the evolution of signal form, including additional ‘alerting’ components, and changes in behaviour.

Keywords:   environment, signal forms, communication, noise, anthropogenic noise, sensory plasticity, signal transmission, alerting components

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