Journal of Comparative Physiology A

, Volume 161, Issue 1, pp 67–84 | Cite as

The lateral line mechanoreceptive mesencephalic, diencephalic, and telencephalic regions in the thornback ray,Platyrhinoidis triseriata (Elasmobranchii)

  • H. Bleckmann
  • T. H. Bullock
  • J. M. Jørgensen


Central lateral line pathways were mapped in the thornback ray,Platyrhinoidis triseriata, by analyzing depth profiles of averaged evoked potentials (AEPs), multiunit activity (MUA), and single unit recordings.
  1. 1.

    Neural activity evoked by contra- or ipsilateral posterior lateral line nerve (pLLN) shock is restricted to the tectum mesencephali, the dorsomedial nucleus (DMN) and anterior nucleus (AN) of the mesencephalic nuclear complex, the posterior central thalamic nucleus (PCT), the lateral tuberal nucleus of the hypothalamus, and the deep medial pallium of the telencephalon (Figs. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7).

  2. 2.

    Neural responses (AEPs and MUA) recorded in different lateral line areas differ with respect to shape, dynamic response properties, and/or latencies (Figs. 9, 10 and Table 1).

  3. 3.

    Ipsilaterally recorded mesencephalic and diencephalic AEPs are less pronounced and of longer latency than their contralateral counterpart (Fig. 9 and Table 1). In contrast, AEP recorded in the telencephalon show a weak ipsilateral preference.

  4. 4.

    If stimulated with a low amplitude water wave most DMN, AN, and tectal lateral line units respond in the frequency range 6.5 Hz to 200 Hz. Best frequencies (in terms of least displacement) are 75–150 Hz with a peak-to-peak water displacement of 0.04 μm sufficient to evoke a response in the most sensitive units (Fig. 11A, B, C).

  5. 5.

    DMN and AN lateral line units have small excitatory receptive fields (RFs). Anterior, middle, and posterior body surfaces map onto the rostral, middle, and posterior brain surfaces of the contralateral DMN (Fig. 12).

  6. 6.

    Some units recorded in the PCT are bimodal; they respond to a hydrodynamic flow field — generated with a ruler approaching the fish — only if the light is on and the eye facing the ruler is left uncovered (Fig. 13).



Lateral Line Anterior Nucleus Tuberal Nucleus Posterior Lateral Line Lateral Line Nerve 
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anterior nucleus of the mesencephalic nuclear complex


averaged evoked potential


dorsomedial nucleus of the mesencephalic nuclear complex


lateral nucleus of the mesencephalic nuclear complex


lateraltuberal nucleus of the hypothalamus


multiunit activity


posterior central thalamic nucleus


posterior lateral line nerve


poststimulus time histogram


receptive field


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Bleckmann
    • 1
  • T. H. Bullock
    • 1
  • J. M. Jørgensen
    • 1
  1. 1.Neurobiology Unit, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Department of Neurosciences, School of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA

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