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Physical ecology of fluid flow sensing in Arthropods
Casas, J.; Dangles, O. (2010). Physical ecology of fluid flow sensing in Arthropods. Annu. Rev. Entomol. 55(1): 505-520.
In: Annual Review of Entomology. Annual Reviews: Palo Alto. ISSN 0066-4170, more
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    Viscous flow; Marine
Author keywords
    Eensory ecology; Hairs; Mechanosensors; Sand flow; Biomimetic MEMS,

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  • Casas, J.
  • Dangles, O.

    Terrestrial and aquatic arthropods sense fluid flow in many behavioral and ecological contexts, using dedicated, highly sensitive mechanosensory hairs, which are often abundant. Strong similarities exist in the biomechanics of flow sensors and in the sensory ecology of insects, arachnids, and crustaceans in their respective fluid environments. We extend these considerations to flow in sand and its implications for flow sensing by arthropods inhabiting this granular medium. Finally, we highlight the need to merge the various findings of studies that have focused on different arthropods in different fluids. This could be achieved using the unique combination, for sensory ecology, of both a workable and well-accepted mathematical model for hair-based flow sensing, both in air and water, and microelectronic mechanical systems microtechnology to tinker with physical models.

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