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Sense of Electromagnetic Fields: Electroreception/Magnetoreception

Sense of Electromagnetic Fields: Electroreception/Magnetoreception

Chapter:
(p.213) Chapter 9 Sense of Electromagnetic Fields: Electroreception/Magnetoreception
Source:
The Biology of Sharks and Rays
Author(s):
A. Peter Klimley
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226923086.003.0009

This chapter discusses the electromagnetic sense which enables sharks, rays, and chimaeras to find their way in the apparently featureless ocean by following the subtle patterns of magnetization on the sea floor or the earth's dipolar magnetic field. It covers the anatomy and distribution of ampullae of Lorenzini; prey detection; mate detection; orientation and navigation; and the hierarchy of senses.

Keywords:   electromagnetic sense, sharks, rays, chimaeras, magnetic field, ampullae of Lorenzini, prey detection, mate detection

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