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External sensory structure in Annelids

Thomas Hesselberg enpth at bath.ac.uk
Wed May 19 14:57:14 EST 2004

Dear listmembers,

While examining some errant polychaetes in the SEM, I found some (what I 
believe must be!) external sensory structures on all surfaces of the worm. My 
question now exactly what kind of sensory receptor this is? See photos on 
<http://www.bath.ac.uk/~enpth/SensoryStruct.html>. I would also be interested 
to know if similar structures are found in other annelid groups. And if anyone 
knows of studies done on the ultra-structure and function of these or similar 
sensory structures in the annelids (or indeed other invertebrates), I would 
like to have some references.  

Thanks in advance,
Thomas Hesselberg

Thomas Hesselberg
Biomimetics Group
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom
Tel   +44 (0) 1225384389
E-mail T.Hesselberg at bath.ac.uk

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