Diversity of intersegmental auditory neurons in a bush cricket

J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol. 2006 Dec;192(12):1359-76. doi: 10.1007/s00359-006-0164-z. Epub 2006 Sep 9.


Various auditory interneurons of the duetting bush cricket Ancistrura nigrovittata with axons ascending to the brain are presented. In this species, more intersegmental sound-activated neurons have been identified than in any other bush cricket so far, among them a new type of ascending neuron with posterior soma in the prothoracic ganglion (AN4). These interneurons show not only morphological differences in the prothoracic ganglion and the brain, but also respond differently to carrier frequencies, intensity and direction. As a set of neurons, they show graded differences for all of these parameters. A response type not described among intersegmental neurons of crickets and other bush crickets so far is found in the AN3 neuron with a tonic response, broad frequency tuning and little directional dependence. All neurons, with the exception of AN3, respond in a relatively similar manner to the temporal patterns of the male song: phasically to high syllable repetitions and rhythmically to low syllable repetitions. The strongest coupling to the temporal pattern is found in TN1. In contrast to behavior the neuronal responses depend little on syllable duration. AN4, AN5 and TN1 respond well to the female song. AN4 (at higher intensities) and TN1 respond well to a complete duet.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation / methods
  • Action Potentials / physiology
  • Animals
  • Auditory Pathways / cytology*
  • Auditory Pathways / physiology
  • Auditory Threshold / physiology
  • Brain Mapping
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation
  • Ganglia, Sensory / cytology
  • Ganglia, Sensory / physiology
  • Gryllidae / anatomy & histology*
  • Gryllidae / physiology
  • Neurons, Afferent / classification
  • Neurons, Afferent / physiology*
  • Time Factors