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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

stridulate, stridulation, stridulatory

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (S)
No Taxon stridulate, stridulation, stridulatory
Explanation of Names
From Latin stridor grating, stridulus creaking, squeaking (1).
stridulate verb, noun stridulation, adjective stridulatory - sound production by rubbing together body parts. Found in many insect groups, including:
Crickets, Katydids, Grasshoppers--Orthoptera
True Bugs and allies--Hemiptera
Stridulation is most often an advertisement of male insects, but it can also serve for other forms of intra-specific communication, or as a warning to, or defense against, predators. Typically, stridulations are produced by rubbing a series of projecting parts (spines or tubercles) against a file-like surface (pars stridens).

Examples of stridulatory structures and/or insects that stridulate:
Print References
Gordh, entries for stridulate, etc. (1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.A Dictionary of Entomology
George Gordh, David H. Headrick. 2003. CABI Publishing.