Lateral Line Research: Prospects and Opportunities

  • Theodore H. Bullock


Lateral lines are difficult to understand, since we have no comparable system, and the presumed adequate stimuli overlap with those of other systems. Sensory biology in lower vertebrates is skewed in respect to well-developed and poorly developed areas. This volume shows substantial progress in some facets of lateral line research, such as anatomical and peripheral physiological aspects, at the same time that it reflects slower advance in others, such as behavioral and central physiological aspects. The following remarks can only be one man’s personal view of the prospects and opportunities ahead, since it would take multiple standpoints to assure that some important challenge is not left out. I will confine these comments to three areas: evolutionary, general neurobiological, and neuroethological.


Lateral Line Torus Semicircularis Adequate Stimulus Small Receptive Field Free Neuromast 
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