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dc.contributor.authorHedwig, Bertholden
dc.contributor.authorSarmiento-Ponce, Edithen
dc.contributor.authorSutcliffe, Michaelen
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-10T08:18:22Z
dc.date.available2018-07-10T08:18:22Z
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/277929
dc.description.abstractField crickets are extensively used as a model organism to study female phonotactic walking behaviour, i.e. their attraction to the male calling song. Laboratory-based phonotaxis experiments generally rely on arena or trackball-based settings; however, no attention has been paid to the effect of substrate texture on the response. Here, we tested phonotaxis in female Gryllus bimaculatus, walking on trackballs machined from methyl-methacrylate foam with different cell sizes. Surface height variations of the trackballs, due to the cellular composition of the material, were measured with profilometry and characterized as smooth, medium or rough, with roughness amplitudes of 7.3, 16 and 180 µm. Female phonotaxis was best on a rough and medium trackball surface, a smooth surface resulted in a significant lower phonotactic response. Claws of the cricket foot were crucial for effective walking. Females insert their claws into the surface pores to allow mechanical interlocking with the substrate texture and a high degree of attachment, which cannot be established on smooth surfaces. These findings provide insight to the biomechanical basis of insect walking and may inform behavioural studies that the surface texture on which walking insects are tested is crucial for the resulting behavioural response.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis study is supported by a Mexican CONACyT Cambridge Trust Scholarship to E.J.S.P., Newnham College, the Royal Entomological Society, the Philosophical Society and the Department of Zoology. The equipment used was funded by a BBSRC grant to B.H.
dc.languageenglishen
dc.publisherThe Royal Society
dc.relation.isreplacedby1810/292695
dc.relation.isreplacedbyhttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/292695
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectground-living insects, insect walking, tarsal claws, biomechanics, depth profile, contact force measurementsen
dc.titleSubstrate texture affects female cricket walking response to male calling songen
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage9
prism.numberhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.172334en
prism.publicationNameRoyal Society Open Scienceen
prism.startingPage1
prism.volume5en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.25264
pubs.declined2018-04-12T10:00:15.9+0100
pubs.deleted2018-04-12T10:00:15.9+0100
pubs.merge-to1810/292695
pubs.merge-tohttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/292695
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-02-07en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1098/rsos.172334en
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-02-07en
dc.contributor.orcidHedwig, Berthold [0000-0002-1132-0056]
dc.contributor.orcidSutcliffe, Michael [0000-0001-9729-4460]
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
pubs.funder-project-idBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BB/G018723/1)
cam.issuedOnline2018-03-06en
dc.identifier.urlhttp://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/en
cam.orpheus.successThu Jan 30 13:00:40 GMT 2020 - The item has an open VoR version.*
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2100-01-01


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