University of Auckland
Response properties of lateral line receptors to water flow in the Antarctic fish, Trematomus pennellii.
Antarctic fish reside in an environment which is characterised by low levels of light. They are therefore unable to specialiseon using a single sensory system and as a consequence, are likely to place a greater reliance on non-visual sensory systems. The mechanosensory lateral line is one such non-visual sensory sense that has shown to be important in Antarctic fish. The lateral line is a specialised sense that enables fish to detect hydrodynamic stimuli. It is composed of two receptor classes; superficial neuromasts, which are located on the surface of the skin, and canal neuromasts, which are located in sub-epidermal fluid-filled canals. This study was undertaken in an attempt to classify the response properties of lateral line receptors to water flow in Trematomus pennellii.
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