Orientation and Navigation in Vertebrates by Andrii Rozhok

By Andrii Rozhok

This booklet reports all significant versions and hypotheses about the mechanisms speculated to underlie the method of navigation in vertebrates.

It covers info on all significant version teams of vertebrates studied within the context of animal navigation, resembling migratory birds, homing pigeons, sea turtles, subterranean mammals and a few migratory fish species. another – much less studied – teams, e.g., whales, have additionally been touched.

The first a part of the ebook describes assorted assets of navigational details, with their particular navigational mechanisms recognized or alleged to be hired through animals for navigational targets. the second one half discusses attainable capabilities of those mechanisms in several vertebrates and within the context of alternative navigational initiatives, starting from short-range navigation, frequently played through animals inside of as small a space as numerous sq. meters, to long-distance global-scale migrations played through many birds and a few sea turtles in the course of their lifespan.

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The turtles have been shown to use different orientation and navigation cues on different stages of their journey. The question of the primary mechanism operating during sea turtle magnetic orientation has hardly been defined as yet (just like those of all the other vertebrates). Different studies have produced dissimilar and, sometimes, controversial results, the most important of which are discussed below. The debate over the question of the nature of primary magnetoreceptors in vertebrates is applied to sea turtles (and predictably reptiles) as well, since the experimental evidence available so far suggests that turtles may possess a system of magnetoreception peculiar to the group.

1995; Beason and Semm 1996) and Australian silvereyes (Wiltschko et al. 1998a, 2002b). In these tests, birds orienting in their normal migratory direction were treated with a short and powerful magnetic pulse directed differently from the natural north. The birds reacted by changing their migratory directional preference correspondingly, scattering along the east–west axis that is perpendicular to their normal orientation, and the effect, gradually diminishing, lasted for several days (Wiltschko et al.

In the last case, zebrafish were conditioned in a two-part tank installation where they were punished by weak electric discharges if they failed to swim to the other part of the tank after the ambient magnetic field altered. The authors suppose that magnetosensation in non-migratory short-range species may supplement other orientation cues. In the case of zebrafish, the sense may substitute for orientation with the help of landmarks which are impaired during the night. Therefore, it seems that the ability to perceive magnetic fields in fishes is acquired at the early stages of postembryonic development, and most evidence suggests that it is of a magnetite-based nature.

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