The Electrophysiology of Swimming in the Jellyfish Aglantha digitale

  • Robert W. Meech
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Abstract

Many jellyfish are capable of avoiding potentially damaging stimuli, but their responses are generally slow and highly localized (Mackie, 1984). However two members of the Rhopalonematidae, the largest of the five families in the suborder Trachymedusae, have been observed to perform rapid escape swimming. The most well known of these is Aglantha digitale (Fig. 1) found in many of the colder waters of the world (Donaldson et al., 1980); the other is Amphogona apicata found in the Bahamas (Mills et al., 1985). Amphogona closely resembles Aglantha and it is to Aglantha that the work described in this chapter refers.

Keywords

Conduction Velocity Myoepithelial Cell Giant Axon Bathing Medium Chemical Synapse 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. Meech
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  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of BristolUniversity Walk, BristolUK

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