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stridulation

[‚strij·ə′lā·shən]
(invertebrate zoology)
Creaking and other audible sounds made by certain insects, produced by rubbing various parts of the body together.
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On the functions of stridulation by the Passalid beetle Odontotaenius disjunctus (Coleoptera: Passalidae).
Stridulation as a primary antipredator defense of a beetle.
Stridulation can also signal "stop already" from a female Pogonomyrmex whose sperm-storage organ can't hold any more.
One of the more unusual notions about stridulation arose in 1995 when Flavio Roces and Bert Holldobler of the University of Wurzburg in Germany reported that leaf-cutting ants tend to stridulate as they slice off snippets of tender leaves.
Stridulations from males recorded on different substrates in the cage were distinctively different to the human ear and also had distinct frequency spectra, examples of which are shown in Fig.
rhinoceros signals were similar in many respects to larval stridulations of other dynastids recorded in a recent survey conducted in Australia to detect root-feeding melolonthines (Agnew 1997; Miller & Allsopp 2000) in sugarcane.
Defense stridulation in larger animals, such as mygalomorphs (Legendre 1963), is often audible to the human ear.
Stridulation in Palpimanus gibbulus Dufour (Araneae, Palpimanidae).