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Physical ecology of fluid flow sensing in arthropods.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19743914     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Terrestrial and aquatic arthropods sense fluid flow in many behavioral and ecological contexts, using dedicated, highly sensitive mechanosensory hairs, which are often abundant. Strong similarities exist in the biomechanics of flow sensors and in the sensory ecology of insects, arachnids, and crustaceans in their respective fluid environments. We extend these considerations to flow in sand and its implications for flow sensing by arthropods inhabiting this granular medium. Finally, we highlight the need to merge the various findings of studies that have focused on different arthropods in different fluids. This could be achieved using the unique combination, for sensory ecology, of both a workable and well-accepted mathematical model for hair-based flow sensing, both in air and water, and microelectronic mechanical systems microtechnology to tinker with physical models.
J?r?me Casas; Olivier Dangles
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annual review of entomology     Volume:  55     ISSN:  1545-4487     ISO Abbreviation:  Annu. Rev. Entomol.     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-07     Completed Date:  2010-02-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372367     Medline TA:  Annu Rev Entomol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  505-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Tours, Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l'Insecte, IRBI UMR CNRS 6035, Tours, France.
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MeSH Terms
Air Movements
Arthropods / cytology,  physiology*
Mechanoreceptors / cytology,  physiology*
Mechanotransduction, Cellular*
Silicon Dioxide
Water Movements
Reg. No./Substance:
7631-86-9/Silicon Dioxide

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