Acoustic interneurons of fiddler and ghost crabs

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Engineering
Department Bioengineering
Creator Horch, Kenneth W.
Other Author Salmon, Michael
Title Acoustic interneurons of fiddler and ghost crabs
Date 1976
Description The properties of acoustic interneurons in fiddler (Uca pugilalor and U. minax) and ghost (Ocvpade qucldrula) crabs are described, as revealed bv tests with pure tones. Three types of interneurons were present in all species: tonic, which fired for the duration of the stimulus; phasic, which fired briefly at the onset of stimulation; and inhibited, in which ongoing spontaneous activity was suppressed during stimulation. Spectral sensitivities of the cells differed among the species and were "matched" to the energy composition of the sounds. The combined properties of the cells were suited to resolve the most likely temporal differences between the sounds of each species: pulse repetition rate, sound duration, and interval between successive sounds. None of the cells coded tone frequency. The responses of all cells were suppressed during locomotion (walking) by the preparations. Finally, all interneurons were "nonhabituating" and in this respect resembled their functional analogues in cricket and grasshopper nervous systems.
Type Text
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Volume 49
Issue 2
First Page 214
Last Page 226
Subject Acoustic crabs; Neural recording; Vibration reception
Subject MESH Acoustic Stimulation; Interneurons
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Horch, K. W., & Salmon, M. (1976). Acoustic interneurons of fiddler and ghost crabs. Physiological Zoology, 49(2), 214-26.
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