© 1974

Electroreceptors and Other Specialized Receptors in Lower Vertrebrates

  • Editors
  • A. Fessard

Part of the Handbook of Sensory Physiology book series (SENSORY, volume 3 / 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. General Introduction

    1. Theodore H. Bullock
      Pages 1-12
  3. Electroreceptors in the Teleost

  4. Electroreceptors in the Elasmobranch

    1. Richard W. Murray
      Pages 125-146
  5. The Role of Electroreceptors in Animal’s Life

  6. Other Specialized Receptors

    1. Pierre Laurent
      Pages 279-296
    2. Peter H. Hartline
      Pages 297-312
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 313-335

About this book


The originality of this volume is to reveal to the reader the fascination of some unfamiliar sensory organs that are sometimes ignored and often misunderstood. These receptors have only recently been identified and their functional specificity is in some cases still a matter for discussion. The four classes of sensory organs considered here differ widely from one another in many respects. One might even say that the only thing they have in common is that they belong to cold-blooded vertebrates. These classes are: 1. the directionally sensitive lateral-line mechanoreceptors of fishes and amphi­ bians (Chapter 7); 2. the pseudobranchial organs of some teleosts, equipped with pressoreceptors and at least three other types of receptors (osmo- and chemoreceptors) (Chapter 8); 3. the infrared-sensitive pit organs of some snake families (Chapter 9) ; 4. the various kinds of electroreceptors found in several marine and freshwater fish families (Chapters 2 to 6). The first three classes of receptors mentioned above thus rate only one chapter each, whereas five chapters are devoted to the electroreceptors. Electroreception has aroused enormous interest among physiologists in specialties ranging from molecular biology to animal behavior. The resulting quantity of research and discussion fully justifies this disproportion. However, it cannot be denied that the contents of the volume must appear unbalanced and heterogeneous, yet it should not be perceived as a mere juxtaposition of particular and unrelated cases.


Fische Lurche Rezeptor anatomy animal behavior behavior biology fish molecular biology physiology receptor receptors teleosts vertebrates

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosciencesUniversity of California at San DiegoLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Neurophysiologie GénéraleStation de l’Institut MareyParis 16eFrance
  3. 3.Department of Physiology and BiophysicsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  4. 4.Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionWoods HoleUSA
  5. 5.Laboratoire des Applications BiologiquesCentre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueStrasbourg CedexFrance
  6. 6.Department of Zoology and Comparative PhysiologyUniversity of BirminghamBirmingham 15Great Britain
  7. 7.Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische ChemieAm FassbergWest Germany
  8. 8.II. Zoologisches Institut der Justus Liebig-UniversitätWartweg 95West Germany
  9. 9.Department of Neurophysiologie Sensorielle ComparéeLaboratoire de Physiologie Nerveuse CNRSGif sur YvetteFrance

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Electroreceptors and Other Specialized Receptors in Lower Vertrebrates
  • Authors T.H. Bullock
    A. Fessard
    R.H. Hartline
    A.J. Kalmijn
    P. Laurent
    R.W. Murray
    H. Scheich
    E. Schwartz
    T. Szabo
  • Editors A. Fessard
  • Series Title Handbook of Sensory Physiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1974
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-06872-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-65928-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-65926-3
  • Series ISSN 0072-9906
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 336
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Vertebrates
    Plant Physiology
    Medicine/Public Health, general
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