Zeitschrift für Zellforschung und Mikroskopische Anatomie

, Volume 130, Issue 4, pp 489–495

Fine structure of the ventral organ of the house fly larva, Musca domestica L.

  • I-Wu Chu-Wang
  • R. C. Axtell

DOI: 10.1007/BF00307003

Cite this article as:
Chu-Wang, I. & Axtell, R.C. Z.Zellforsch (1972) 130: 489. doi:10.1007/BF00307003


The ventral organs of the cephalic lobes of the house fly larvae, Musca domestica L., were studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Four sensilla were found. Three of them are each innervated by a single dendrite whose ending possesses a tubular body and communicates to the exterior through an opening. These sensilla are assumed to be mechanoreceptors. The 4th sensillum is supplied by 2 bipolar neurons with the unbranched dendritic tips (without tubular bodies) exposed to the exterior through a single opening and is probably a contact chemoreceptor.

Key words

SensillaInsectaDipteraMusca domestica L.Ultrastructure

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Authors and Affiliations

  • I-Wu Chu-Wang
    • 1
  • R. C. Axtell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighU.S.A.