The Lateral Line System

  • Sheryl Coombs
  • Horst Bleckmann
  • Richard R. Fay
  • Arthur N. Popper

Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 48)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Matthew J. McHenry, James C. Liao
    Pages 73-98
  3. Sietse M. van Netten, Matthew J. McHenry
    Pages 99-119
  4. John Montgomery, Horst Bleckmann, Sheryl Coombs
    Pages 121-150
  5. Boris Philippe Chagnaud, Sheryl Coombs
    Pages 151-194
  6. Mario F. Wullimann, Benedikt Grothe
    Pages 195-251
  7. Horst Bleckmann, Joachim Mogdans
    Pages 253-280
  8. Allison B. Coffin, Heather Brignull, David W. Raible, Edwin W. Rubel
    Pages 313-347

About this book


The Lateral Line System provides an overview of the key concepts and issues surrounding the development, evolution, neurobiology, and function of the lateral line, a fascinating yet somewhat enigmatic flow-sensing system. The book examines the historical precedence for linking the auditory and lateral line systems, its structure and development, use of the lateral line system of zebrafish as a model system, physical principles governing the response properties of the lateral line, the behavioral relevance of this sensory system to the lives of fish, and an examination of how this information is shaped and encoded by the peripheral and central nervous systems.


The Gems of the Past: A Brief History of Lateral Line Research in the Context of the Hearing Sciences - Sheryl Coombs and Horst Bleckmann

Morphological Diversity, Development, and Evolution of the Mechanosensory Lateral Line System - Jacqueline F. Webb

The Hydrodynamic of Flow Stimuli - Matthew J. McHenry and James C. Liao

The Biophysics of the Fish Lateral Line - Sietse M. van Netten and Matthew J. McHenry

Sensory Ecology and Neuroethology of the Lateral Line - John Montgomery, Horst Bleckmann, and Sheryl Coombs

Information Encoding and Processing by the Peripheral Lateral Line System - Boris Philippe Chagnaud and Sheryl Coombs

The Central Nervous Organization of the Lateral Line System - Mario F. Wullimann and Benedikt Grothe

Central Processing of Lateral Line Information - Horst Bleckmann and Joachim Mogdans

Functional Overlap and Nonoverlap Between Lateral Line and Auditory Systems - Christopher B. Braun and Olav Sand

The Hearing Loss, Protection, and Regeneration in the Larval Zebrafish Lateral Line - Allison B. Coffin, Heather Brignull, David W. Raible, and Edwin W Rubel

About the Editors: Sheryl Coombs is Professor of Biological Science at Bowling Green State University. Horst Bleckmann is Professor in the Institute for Zoology at the University of Bonn. Arthur N. Popper is Professor in the Department of Biology and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing at the University of Maryland, College Park. Richard R. Fay is Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Chicago.

About the series: The Springer Handbook of Auditory Research presents a series of synthetic reviews of fundamental topics dealing with auditory systems. Each volume is independent and authoritative; taken as a set, this series is the definitive resource in the field.

Editors and affiliations

  • Sheryl Coombs
    • 1
  • Horst Bleckmann
    • 2
  • Richard R. Fay
    • 3
  • Arthur N. Popper
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Biological Sciences and JP Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind and BehaviorBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA
  2. 2.University of BonnInstitute of ZoologyBonnGermany
  3. 3.Marine Biological LaboratoryWoods HoleUSA
  4. 4.Department of BiologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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