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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.
Scientists reported in Fridayâ€™s edition of the journal Science, that toadfish use special songs to attract their mates.
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 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...
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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