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The dermatomes of the pectoral and pelvic fin of the long-tail stingray Himantura fai


Kitchener, PD and Wilson, P and Snow, PJ, The dermatomes of the pectoral and pelvic fin of the long-tail stingray Himantura fai, Brain Behaviour and Evolution, 46, (6) pp. 354-361. ISSN 0006-8977 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1159/000113285


Recorded action potentials in whole spinal nerves during mechanical stimulation of the skin of Himantura fai revealed that sequential nerves innervated sequential overlapping strips of the pectoral and pelvic fin skin. As found in previous studies, in which the dermatomes of the skate Raja clavata were measured behaviourally, approximately one-third of the rostral and caudal regions of each dermatome overlapped with the adjacent dermatomes. Consistent with dermatomal maps from non-mammalian vertebrates, but unlike the dermatomal maps obtained in mammals, there appears to be little difference in dermatome size when measured behaviourally or electrophysiologically. We suggest that neural mechanisms of the spinal cord, which appear to contribute to the discrepancy between behaviourally and electrophysiologically mapped dermatomes in mammals, are of negligible influence in stingrays.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Animal neurobiology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Kitchener, PD (Mr Peter Kitchener)
ID Code:4900
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Anatomy and Physiology
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-24

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