When the movement of one leg of a walking stick insect is interrupted during the power stroke, the force developed by other legs is increased. This effect is shown to occur between all orthogonal nearest-neighbour legs except for the two hind legs. Such effects do not occur between diagonal or next nearest-neighbour pairs. The possible function of these ‘coactivating’ influences is assumed to be to enable the animal to increase the total force propelling the body.
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JOURNAL ARTICLE| 01 January 1985
Coactivating Influences Between Neighbouring Legs in Walking Insects
1Faculty of Biology, University of Bielefeld, Postfach 8640, D-4800 Bielefeld, F.R.G.
Accepted: 07 Aug 1984
Online Issn: 1477-9145
Print Issn: 0022-0949
© 1985 by Company of Biologists
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H. Cruse; Coactivating Influences Between Neighbouring Legs in Walking Insects. J Exp Biol 1 January 1985; 114 (1): 513–519. doi: https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.114.1.513
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