Journal article

Making sense of electrical sense in crayfish

BW Patullo, DL Macmillan

JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY | COMPANY BIOLOGISTS LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

The five sensory modalities of humans are also found in a wide range of invertebrates. Other vertebrates have evolved additional special senses, such as the magnetic sense, which are also found in some invertebrates. However, there remain a few sensory abilities that curiously appear to be found in either vertebrates or invertebrates, but not both. For example, electrosensitivity - the ability to detect electric fields in water - which should benefit vertebrates and invertebrates alike, is apparently only used by vertebrates. However, recent reports suggest that some invertebrates could have an electric sense. Here we examine that possibility further and demonstrate a behavioural threshold t..

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We thank Garry Jolley-Rogers, Jo Van Der Velden, Luke Finley and Josie D'Alessandro for discussion or contributions to the topic and comments from anonymous reviewers that improved the manuscript. Funding was provided by the Australian Research Council and animals used according to permit NP124.