Journal article

Functional significance of the co-localization of taste buds and teeth in the pharyngeal jaws of the largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides

PJ Linser, WES Carr, HS Cate, CD Derby, JC Netherton

The Biological Bulletin | UNIV CHICAGO PRESS | Published : 1998


Studies of feeding behavior in the largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides, revealed that live goldfish or artificial food balls are ingested in three discrete steps: inhalation of the food into the oral cavity, passage through the pharyngeal cavity, and swallowing. Food balls with or without a feeding stimulant were inhaled with equal frequency; thus, vision was clearly the major sense affecting inhalation. However, food balls with defined concentrations of a feeding stimulant were swallowed in a dose-dependent manner, whereas food balls without a feeding stimulant were promptly expelled. Thus, gustation played a major role in stimulating swallowing. Videotaped observations of feeding behavi..

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