Larval lampreys possess a functional lateral line system

Gelman, S.; Ayali, A.; Tytell, E.D.; Cohen, A.H.

Journal of Comparative Physiology. a Neuroethology Sensory Neural and Behavioral Physiology 193(2): 271-277


ISSN/ISBN: 0340-7594
PMID: 17119976
DOI: 10.1007/s00359-006-0183-9
Accession: 012988355

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Morphology of larval lampreys' neuromasts was found to be very similar to that of adults. Activity in the lateral line nerve, elicited by a vibrating ball, indicated a functional lateralis system. Analysis revealed at least two populations of afferents, responding to opposite directions of water flow, with adapting responses. The response magnitude increased monotonically with stimulus amplitude. Larval lampreys' neuromasts were less sensitive than those of teleosts. At low frequencies the response showed a phase lead of 200-220 degrees with respect to the maximum of the ball displacement and a gain that was approximately linearly proportional to frequency.

Larval lampreys possess a functional lateral line system