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Animal Movement Across Scales$
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Lars-Anders Hansson and Susanne Åkesson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677184

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677184.001.0001

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Sensory mechanisms of animal orientation and navigation

Sensory mechanisms of animal orientation and navigation

(p.179) Chapter 10 Sensory mechanisms of animal orientation and navigation
Animal Movement Across Scales

Rachel Muheim

Jannika Boström

Susanne Åkesson

Miriam Liedvogel

Oxford University Press

The question of how animals find their way during migration, which orientation cues they use, and how they can perceive the information and transfer it to a migratory direction has fascinated humans for a long time. During the past decade, the field of animal orientation and navigation has seen significant advances in the understanding of the molecular and physiological mechanisms of different compass systems used by animals for orientation and navigation. Most notable are the progresses made in the understanding of how animals can sense information from the Earth’s magnetic field. In this chapter, current knowledge on the sensory modalities used by animals for orientation and navigation are reviewed, challenges are outlined, and future approaches are suggested and discussed.

Keywords:   magnetoreception, magnetic compass, celestial compasses, polarized light reception, ferromagnetic particles

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