Chemical Sense of Dolphins: Quasi-Olfaction

  • Vitaly B. Kuznetzov
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 196)


Vertebrates possess two types of chemoreception-olfaction and taste. The distinction between these senses is often believed to be determined by different media of perception. While the olfaction perceives chemicals in the gaseous state, the taste perception takes place when the receptor contacts with the dissolved chemicals. But it is the seeming difference. Fish perceive the chemical solutions both by olfaction and taste. The sensitivity of both senses is higher in fish than in terrestrial vertebrates (Kleerekoper, 1969; Atema, 1980).


Olfactory Epithelium Bottlenose Dolphin Chemical Stimulus Harbor Porpoise Taste Sensitivity 
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  • Vitaly B. Kuznetzov
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  1. 1.Department of Vertebrate Zoology Faculty of BiologyMoscow State UniversityMoscowUSSR

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