Cover ImageCover: This juvenile Apteronotus leptorhynchus, or brown ghost knifefish, belongs to one of approximately 200 species of South American gymnotiform weakly electric fishes. These animals use an active electrosense for foraging at night in often turbid waters as well as for communication. The total energetic cost of their electric behaviour, including generation and sensing of the electric field, is estimated to be about 30% of routine metabolic rate (Salazar et al., pp. 2459−2468). The articles in this special issue review the remarkable recent contributions of research on electric fishes to energetics and many other areas of biology. Photo credit: Guy l'Heureux.
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SPECIAL ISSUE: Electric fishes: neural systems, behaviour and evolution
Multiplexed temporal coding of electric communication signals in mormyrid fishes
From the intrinsic properties to the functional role of a neuron phenotype: an example from electric fish during signal trade-off
MODULATION OF BEHAVIOUR AND SENSORY PROCESSING
Neuromodulation of the agonistic behavior in two species of weakly electric fish that display different types of aggression
Evolution and hormonal regulation of sex differences in the electrocommunication behavior of ghost knifefishes (Apteronotidae)
Influence of long-term social interaction on chirping behavior, steroid levels and neurogenesis in weakly electric fish
LOCOMOTION AND SENSING OF WEAKLY ELECTRIC FISH
Sensory flow shaped by active sensing: sensorimotor strategies in electric fish
EVOLUTION OF ELECTROSENSORY AND ELECTROMOTOR SYSTEMS
Meet the JEB Editors @ SEB 2023
Come and meet the JEB team at the Society for Experimental Biology centenary conference from 4-7 July in Edinburgh, UK. Visit exhibition stand 13/15 to pick up JEB centenary goodies, including our new ‘100 years of discovery’ T shirt, and join our Meet the JEB Editors event on Thursday 6 July at 12.30 at Platform 5 to find out more about the journal and chat to Editors including EiC Craig Franklin, Monitoring Editors Sanjay Sane, Trish Schulte and John Terblanche and the in-house News and Reviews team.
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JEB@100: an interview with Monitoring Editor Katie Gilmour
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Centenary Review - Adaptive echolocation behavior
Cynthia F. Moss and colleagues Review the behaviours used by echolocating mammals to track and intercept moving prey, interrogate dynamic sonar scenes, and exploit visual and passive acoustic stimuli.
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Keity Farfán-Pira and colleagues have revealed that a tiny region of regulatory DNA in the vestigial gene governs whether insect wings are large or small and has played a key role in the evolution of insect wing size.