Long-term patterns of gill cleaning, ventilation and swimming in Limulus
- The gill appendages ofLimulus are utilized for several different activities, all of which commonly occur in long-term patterns. These patterns consist of bouts of one type of activity alternating with bouts of another, in the following combinations (listed in order of prevalence): ventilation and gill cleaning, swimming and ventilation, swimming and apnea, ventilation and apnea, swimming and gill cleaning.
- The long-term patterns are fairly stable, although there may be some variability in the duration of bouts within a pattern. These alterations in the bout duration do not appear to influence the length of the succeeding bout.
- The patterns are susceptible to changes in ambient oxygen concentration.
- It is suggested that the underlying neural mechanism responsible for generating these long-term patterns consists of bout generators for each fixed action pattern which reciprocally inhibit each other.
Journal of comparative physiology
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Watson, W. H. l980. Long-term patterns of gill cleaning, swimming, and ventilation in Limulus. J. Comp. Physiol. l4l:77-85. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00611880
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