Cover ImageCover: Male cicadas produce conspicuous calling songs that attract mates over long distances. Such sexual signals are received by tympanal membranes localised in the abdomen. To understand how these thin membranes carry out the first step in the process of audition, Sueur et al. (pp. 4115−4128) measured tympanal vibrations in Cicadatra atra in response to acoustic playbacks. They showed that the resulting nanoscale vibrations are organised as travelling waves across the tympana, providing the mechanical basis for the discrimination of sound frequencies. The cover shows a calling male, in his typical upside-down position, and the tympanal travelling wave generated by his song on the tympanum. Photo by Stéphane Puissant/OPIE-LR.Close Modal
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Selection on knockdown performance in Drosophila melanogasterimpacts thermotolerance and heat-shock response differently in females and males
Regulation of stroke pattern and swim speed across a range of current velocities: diving by common eiders wintering in polynyas in the Canadian Arctic
Joint work and power for both the forelimb and hindlimb during trotting in the horse
The control of anterior foregut motility during a larval molt of the moth Manduca sexta involves the modulation of presynaptic activity
Hydrogen sulfide as an oxygen sensor/transducer in vertebrate hypoxic vasoconstriction and hypoxic vasodilation
Sub-lethal and chronic salinity tolerances of three freshwater insects: Cloeon sp. and Centroptilum sp. (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae)and Chironomus sp. (Diptera: Chironomidae)
Effects of oleic acid on the high threshold barium current in seabass Dicentrarchus labrax ventricular myocytes
Plasticity of osmoregulatory function in the killifish intestine:drinking rates, salt and water transport, and gene expression after freshwater transfer
Downregulation of aquaporins 1 and 5 in nasal gland by osmotic stress in ducklings, Anas platyrhynchos: implications for the production of hypertonic fluid
The role of the lateral line and vision on body kinematics and hydrodynamic preference of rainbow trout in turbulent flow
Foraging energetics of a nectar-feeding ant: metabolic expenditure as a function of food-source profitability
Seasonal acquisition of chill tolerance and restructuring of membrane glycerophospholipids in an overwintering insect: triggering by low temperature, desiccation and diapause progression
Tuning the drum: the mechanical basis for frequency discrimination in a Mediterranean cicada
Delayed development and lifespan extension as features of metabolic lifestyle alteration in C. elegans under dietary restriction
The variable colours of the fiddler crab Uca vomeris and their relation to background and predation
Locomotor kinetics and kinematics on inclines and declines in the gray short-tailed opossum Monodelphis domestica
Cardiovascular changes under normoxic and hypoxic conditions in the air-breathing teleost Synbranchus marmoratus: importance of the venous system
Escape responses in juvenile Atlantic cod Gadus morhua L.: the effects of turbidity and predator speed
New funding schemes for junior faculty staff
In celebration of our 100th anniversary, JEB has launched two new grants to support junior faculty staff working in animal comparative physiology and biomechanics who are within five years of setting up their first lab/research group. Check out our ECR Visiting Fellowships and Research Partnership Kickstart Travel Grants. First deadline for applications is 15 July 2023.
JEB@100: an interview with Monitoring Editor Sanjay Sane
Sanjay Sane tells us about his first experience of publishing with the journal and why he thinks JEB is going to play a key role in our understanding of the current climate crisis and its implications for biodiversity.
The Forest of Biologists
The Forest of Biologists is a biodiversity initiative created by The Company of Biologists, with support from the Woodland Trust. For every Research and Review article published in Journal of Experimental Biology a native tree is planted in a UK forest. In addition to this we are protecting and restoring ancient woodland and are dedicating these trees to our peer reviewers. Visit our virtual forest to learn more.
Celebrating 100 years of discovery
This Special Issue focuses on broad biological questions addressed through the lens of comparative biomechanics. Crosscutting through time, this series of Reviews, Commentaries and Research Articles addresses questions from the vantage points of the history of the field, today’s research, and the future of comparative biomechanics. Read the Editorial by Sheila Patek, Monica Daley and Sanjay Sane.
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.
Lack of oxygen curtails vision in red-eared sliders
When red-eared sliders sink to the bottom of a frozen pond for winter they reduce many biological systems to minimum life support, but now Michael Ariel and colleagues show that the reptiles temporarily lose their sight due to lack of oxygen but retain hearing.