Invertebrate Magnetoreception – In Between Orientation and General Sensitivity

with Žádné komentáře

Elsevier Collection of Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology,
ABSTRACT: The discovery of magnetic sensitivity in invertebrates such as Drosophila, the cockroach Periplaneta americana, or the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans make us reconsider our intuitive and possibly too anthropocentric views about the ways in which sensitivity to magnetic fields may be useful to animals and what its relative importance is within the hierarchy of other senses.
Invertebrates – thanks to the immense variability of their body plans and life strategies – may provide answers to the basic questions of animal magnetoreception: how, where in the body, and why geomagnetic field is perceived.
This review deals with important recent discoveries, trends, and problems and suggests in which directions research on magnetic sensitivity in invertebrates can be expected.