COELOMATE INVERTEBRATES (except Crustacea, Arachnida and Insecta)

  • M. A. Ali
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The groups to be considered in this chapter (Table 1) form a vast and very heterogeneous assemblage. This renders the task of doing a detailed survey of their ecosensory functions very difficult but challenging and interesting. The main purpose is to assemble the information available mostly in appropriate textbooks and review articles, and present it with a view to pointing out relationships among habitats, sensory functions, modes of life, feeding and locomotion. One can readily see that at times the distinctions are not always clear. Parasitism is a mode of life as well as feeding. The same group of cells could carry out more than one sensory function e.g. tactile and chemoreceptive. Or, a function could be carried out by a group of cells which do not form an organ such as in the case of the sensory cells which form clusters and are photo- receptive.


Nerve Cord Ventral Nerve Cord Cerebral Ganglion Free Nerve Ending Pedal Ganglion 
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  • M. A. Ali
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  1. 1.Département de BiologieUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada

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