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Cnidarian neurobiology: what does the future hold?

  • Peter A. V. Anderson
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 178)

Cnidarians have long been recognized as occupying a unique position in nervous system evolution and, consequently, have attracted considerable attention from neurobiologists over the years. During the latter half of the 20th century, the application of a variety of electrophysiological and other methods provided us with a great deal of information about the scope and composition of the cnidarian nervous system. Here, I will briefly review what is known about cnidarian nervous systems, what remains to be found and, most importantly, discuss the status and future of the field.

Key words: Anthozoa, Hydrozoa, Scyphozoa, gap junctions, neurons, synapse, neurotransmitters, ion channels

Keywords

Intracellular Recording Nerve Ring Chemical Synapse Early Nervous System High Nervous System 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter A. V. Anderson
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  1. 1.Whitney Laboratory and Departments of Physiology and Functional Genomics, and NeuroscienceUniversity of FloridaSt. AugustineUSA

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