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Thermoreceptors

  • Winrich Breipohl

Abstract

Many of the effects of temperature on vertebrates are understood poorly, if at all. To mention a few: the temperature-dependent determination of sex in turtles (Bull and Vogt 1979); species differences in the responsiveness of hamster and rat pups to thermal gradients (Johanson 1980); the controversy concerning the improved survival rate of Lacertilia with elevated body temperature due to infectious disease (Kluger et al. 1975); age-related alterations in the processing of thermal stimuli in mammals, including man (Gardner 1940; Cauna 1965; Wagner et al. 1972; Fox et al. 1973; Blass et al. 1977; Issing and Hensel 1982, 1983) and finally the differences in the heat sensitivity of the skin compared to that of other organs (Streffer et al. 1979; Breipohl et al. 1983). These few examples demonstrate the complexity of the effects which temperature has on an organism.

Keywords

Thermal Stimulus Sensory Physiology Hairy Skin Cold Receptor Interburst Interval 
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Abbreviations

CNS

Central nervous system

DRA, DRAs

Dendritic receptor arborization(s)

SA, SAs

Skin (cutaneous) afferent(s)

TR, TRs

Thermoreceptor(s)

TRA, TRAs

Thermoreceptive afferent(s)

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Winrich Breipohl
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyUniversity of Queensland St. LuciaQueenslandAustralia

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