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Neuroanatomical and Electrophysiological Analysis of the Brain-Sinus Gland Neurosecretory System in a Crustacean

  • C. G. H. Steel
  • R. G. Chiang


In recent years, this laboratory has been exploiting terrestrial isopod crustaceans (woodlice, sowbugs) as model organisms in which to investigate the organization and physiology of neurosecretory systems. The initial attraction of these animals derived from theoretical considerations, but was supported by the existing literature, albeit sparse (see Chiang and Steel, 1984). These animals, being small and terrestrial, are easy to rear in large numbers in the laboratory, where they undergo physiological events controlled by neurohormones (e.g., moulting, reproduction) with repeatable regularity (see Heeley, 1941).


Lateral Extension Optic Lobe Neurosecretory Cell Potential Type Terrestrial Isopod 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. G. H. Steel
    • 1
  • R. G. Chiang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyYork UniversityNorth YorkCanada

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