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Data from: Beyond the limits: identifying the high-frequency detectors in the anuran ear

Citation

Cobo-Cuan, Ariadna; Grafe, T. Ulmar; Narins, Peter M. (2020), Data from: Beyond the limits: identifying the high-frequency detectors in the anuran ear, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5068/D1X95F

Abstract

Despite the predominance of low-frequency hearing in anuran amphibians, a few frog species have evolved high-frequency communication within certain environmental contexts. Huia cavitympanum is the most remarkable anuran with regard to upper frequency limits; it is the first frog species known to emit exclusively ultrasonic signals. Characteristics of the Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions from the amphibian papilla and the basilar papilla were analysed to gain insight into the structures responsible for high-frequency/ultrasound sensitivity. Our results confirm the matching of vocalization spectra and inner ear tuning in this species. Compared to most anurans, H. cavitympanum has a hyperextended hearing range spanning from audible to ultrasonic frequencies, far above the previously established “spectral limits” for the amphibian ear. The exceptional high-frequency sensitivity in the inner ear of H. cavitympanum illustrates the remarkable plasticity of the auditory system and the extent to which evolution can modify a sensory system to adapt it to its environment.