Interneurons in crab connectives (Carcinus maenas (L.)): Giant Fibres

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Five interneurones with cell bodies and dendritic trees in the brain have axons 40-60µm diameter in one oesophageal connective. The fibres are phasic and multimodal, responding to visual and tactile stimuli. They have complex adaptation properties and two are suppressed completely during certain movements of the animal. The role of the fibres in overt behaviour has not been revealed by electrical stimulation or by examination of output in free walking animals. Several smaller interneurones in the connective are briefly described anatomically and physiologically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-613
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Experimental Biology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1974


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