By Stephen M. Tomecek
The act of speaking isn't just a human trait. From bugs and birds to fish and mammals, so much animals use a few kind of conversation to aid them get foodstuff, discover a mate, and guard their territory. "Animal verbal exchange" explores the numerous alternative ways within which animals converse and examines a number of the most recent medical discoveries regarding animal intelligence and communique. Readers also will find out how scientists are operating to make the dream of speaking at once with animals a truth.
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There are more than 1,000 species of fireflies. Each species has its own mating signal, with a unique pattern of flashes. When a female recognizes the pattern for her particular species, she will respond with a similar pattern. The male will then fly to the female and the two will mate. 30 AnimAl communicAtion A firefly flashes light signals to let females know he’s ready to mate. As you might imagine, with lots of males flying around flashing their lights, there is often a great deal of competition to find a female with whom to mate.
When it feels threatened, however, it will suddenly show tiny blue rings all over its body. The rings signal to those around it that it’s about to release venom into the water. Clearly, visual signals are one of the most important ways that animals communicate with each other. Where there are no spoken words, a dance here and a flash of color there can carry many different meanings. 3 Communication Using Chemicals Long before animals walked on the land, flew through the air, or swam in the sea, communication was taking place on the Earth.
In some cases, a group of males croak together at the same time. with so many signals coming from different directions, the bat may have problems zeroing in on a speciﬁc frog. other frogs will take the stealth approach. they will sit silently near a good croaker and hope that he attracts both a predator and a mate. when the predator eats the more vocal male, the silent one moves in and mates with the female. the call of the bullfrog really stands out. Like crickets, male bullfrogs start their serenade at dusk.