Localization of monoamine-containing neurones in the nervous system ofStrophocheilus oblongus (Gastropoda)

  • C. P. Jaeger
  • E. C. Jaeger
  • J. H. Welsh


The histochemical fluorescence method of Falck and Hillarp was used to locate monoamine-containing neurones in the nervous system ofStrophocheilus, a Brazilian land snail. Green-fluorescing (catecholamines) cell bodies were found only in cerebral ganglia. Neuropiles of all ganglia contained many green-fluorescing fibers most of which appeared to enter from the periphery. Giant (up to 500 μ) non-fluorescing cells were seen in most ganglia of the suboesophageal mass. Green-fluorescing fibers surrounded, and apparently ended on, their axon hillocks and proximal segments of axons. Green-fluorescing sensory cells were seen in the eyeless tentacles. Cells fluorescing yellow (5-hydroxytryptamine) or yellow fading to green on exposure to ultraviolet light were found in cerebral, visceral and right palliai ganglia. Ligature of the cardiac nerve for 24 hrs resulted in an accumulation of yellow or “yellow green”-fluorescing masses in axons proximal to the constriction. The distribution of monoamine-containing neurones inStrophocheilus is rather similar to that found in other pulmonate molluscs such asHelix.


Strophocheilus oblongus Neurones Monoamines Fluorescence histochemistry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. P. Jaeger
    • 1
    • 2
  • E. C. Jaeger
    • 1
  • J. H. Welsh
    • 1
  1. 1.The Biological LaboratoriesHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Instituto de Ciências Naturais U.F.R.G.S.Pôrto AlegreBrazil

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