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2011-06-14 21:11:17

Cornell researchers have identified regions of a fish brain that reveal the basic circuitry for how humans and other vertebrates generate sound used for social communication. In a study of midshipman fish, published online today (June 14) in Nature Communications, the researchers identified two distinct groups of neurons that independently control the duration and the frequency of sounds used for calling. While human speech and bird songs are far more complex than the grunts and hoots...

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2008-07-18 09:50:00

Scientists reported in Friday's edition of the journal Science, that toadfish use special songs to attract their mates. Now, researchers are using the discovery to delve into the study of how animals use vocalized hums, chirps and whistles to communicate with one another. It is well documented that animals like birds, frogs and even whales use sounds to convey different messages, but by comparing the nerve networks in a variety of vertebrates researchers suggest that making sounds originated...

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2005-07-05 18:36:09

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell University researchers have learned how a common fish found along the West Coast can hum and hear outside sounds at the same time. The study marks the first time that scientists have found a direct line of communication between the part of a vertebrate's brain that controls the vocal muscle system and the part of the ear that hears sound. The researchers believe that understanding the auditory system of the plainfin midshipman fish (Porichthys notatus ) -- a 6- to...


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2007-02-25 20:58:30

The Midshipman fish are the genus Porichthys of Toadfish. They are distinguished by having photophores (which they use to attract prey and after which they are named, reminding some of a naval uniform's buttons) and four lateral lines. Typical Midshipman fish, such as the Plainfin Midshipman, are nocturnal and bury themselves in sand or mud of the intertidal zone during the day. At night they float just above the seabed. Some species are armed with venomous dorsal spines and are capable of...

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2007-02-25 20:57:13

The Toadfish are a type of ray-finned fish often found on the sand and mud bottoms of coastal waters worldwide, notable for somewhat broad heads and drab coloration reminiscent of terrestrial toads, as well as for the ability of the males of some species to "sing" using their swim bladders. They are classified as the sole family Batrachoididae of the order Batrachoidiformes, and include about 70 species in 19 genera, among them the common oyster toadfish, Opsanus tau. Their spines may inflict...

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