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Animal Homing : Chapman & Hall Animal Behaviour Series - F. Papi

Animal Homing

Chapman & Hall Animal Behaviour Series

By: F. Papi (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1992
ISBN: 9780412363900
Number Of Pages: 390

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Homing phenomena must be considered an important aspect of animal behaviour on account of their frequent occurrence, their survival value, and the variety of the mechanisms involved. Many species regularly rely on their ability to home or reach other familiar sites, but how they manage to do this is often uncertain. In many cases the goal is attained in the absence of any sensory contact, by mechanisms of indirect orientation whose complexity and sophistication have for a long time challenged the skill and patience of many researchers. A series of problems of increasing difficulty have to be overcome; researchers have to discover the nature of orienting cues, the sensory windows involved, the role of inherited and acquired information, and, eventually, how the central mechanisms process information and control motory responses. Naturally, this book emphasizes targets achieved rather than areas unexplored and mysteries unsolved. Even so, the reader will quickly realize that our knowledge of phenomena and mechanisms has progressed to different degrees in different animal groups, ranging from the mere description of homing behaviour to a satisfactory insight into some underlying mechanisms. In the last few dacades there have been promising developments in the study of animal homing, since new approaches have been tried out, and new species and groups have been investigated. Despite this, homing phenomena have not recently been the object of exhaustive reviews and there is a tendency for them to be neglected in general treatises on animal behaviour.

...Papi's book succeeds...Animal Homing provides a valuable link between fields...should prove popular with researcher and student alike - Recent Ornithological Publications; Effective and well-chosen illustrations throughout and excellent editorial work make the volume far superior to the average camera-ready publication...offers a perspective of behaviour that encompasses all levels of behavioural organisation and underlying mechanisms...this well-balanced book gives and excellent overview of the recent progress made in the field... - Ethology Ecology & Evolution; Each of the eight chapters is written by an authority on the particular group covered; chapter references are extensive and up-to-date |o Annals of the Entomological Society |d July 1994

Contributors
Acknowledgements
Preface
General aspectsp. 1
What is homing?p. 1
Methodsp. 3
Compass orientationp. 7
Classification of homing phenomenap. 9
Invertebrates (excluding Arthropods)p. 19
Occurrence of homing behaviour in molluscsp. 20
Orientation mechanisms in the homing of chitons and gastropodsp. 26
Homing behaviour in echinodermsp. 33
Arthropodsp. 45
Phenomenap. 47
Mechanismsp. 84
Fishesp. 145
The role of homing in the life histories of fishesp. 147
Case historiesp. 160
Patterns and mechanisms of homing in salmonp. 174
Amphibiansp. 213
Sensory basis of orientation behaviourp. 218
The neuronal basis of processing directional informationp. 228
The phylogenetic origin of homing behaviourp. 228
Perspectivesp. 229
Reptilesp. 235
Cheloniap. 236
Loricatap. 245
Lacertiliap. 249
Ophidiap. 250
Birdsp. 263
Homing under natural conditionsp. 264
Homing after experimental displacementp. 268
Instruments of navigationp. 275
Pigeon homing: the results of experimental researchp. 287
Physiological aspectsp. 306
Mammalsp. 321
Home ranges and homingp. 321
Methodological problemsp. 322
Natural instances of homing in migrationsp. 323
Natural instances of homing in excursionsp. 329
Experimental induction of homingp. 333
Strategies and mechanismsp. 343
Homing in humansp. 352
Animal indexp. 363
Author indexp. 373
Subject indexp. 387
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ISBN: 9780412363900
ISBN-10: 0412363909
Series: Chapman & Hall Animal Behaviour Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 390
Published: 31st December 1992
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.65