, Volume 31, Issue 11, pp 1290–1294 | Cite as

Development of the electric discharge in mormyrid and gymnotid fish (Marcusenius sp. andEigenmannia virescens)

  • F. Kirschbaum
  • G. W. M. Westby
Specialia Biologica


Larvae of both species start discharging at 8 days.Eigenmannia immediately produces pulses similar to those of the adult.Marcusenius however, possesses a characteristic larval discharge 20 times longer and of opposite polarity to the adult discharge which appears on Day 40.


Electric Discharge Opposite Polarity Larval Discharge Adult Discharge Gymnotid Fish 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Kirschbaum
    • 1
  • G. W. M. Westby
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physiologie Nerveuse, Département de Neurophysiologie SensorilleCNRSGif-sur-YvetteFrance

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