Chapter 6 Outline


General Features of Chemical Communication

  • Contrasts between chemical, auditory, and visual signals
  • Forms of chemical communication
  • Identifying chemical signals: Function before structure

Production of Chemical Signals

  • Types of chemicals used for intraspecific communication
  • Production mechanisms
  • Dissemination methods

Transmission of Chemical Signals

  • Diffusion
  • Transmission by current flow
  • Other environmental effects on chemical signal transmission


  • Coupling from the medium to the receptor
  • Chemosensory reception
  • Finding the source
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