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Animals like crickets use the ground to amplify calls

Research upends traditional theory that ground hinders animal communications

Peer-Reviewed Publication

University of Western Ontario

Male tree cricket sings from a baffle


A male tree cricket sings from a baffle. Tree crickets are the only crickets known to make baffles which are acoustic tools that increase their singing efficiency immensely. Few other cricket make or use such a tool. A paper in this issue shows that this is because they have an alternative strategy, singing from the ground, that enables them to be as loud or even louder.

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Credit: Natasha Mhatre

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