Starfish Neuroanatomy

r norman rsn_ at _comcast.net
Tue Jun 8 11:53:12 EST 2004

On 8 Jun 2004 08:04:05 -0700, iain_inkster at hotmail.com (Iain) wrote:

>Where can I learn everything there is to know about the starfish
>nervous system, and how it creates useful behaviour. I don't just want
>diagrams; I want descriptions of the dynamics involved, if possible.

You could start with the work of JLS Cobb:

Cobb, J. L. S. (1987). 
Neurobiology of the Echinodermata. In
Nervous Systems in Invertebrates (ed. M. A. Ali), pp. 483-525.
New York: Plenum Press.

Pentreath VW, Cobb JL
Neurobiology of echinodermata.
Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc. 1972 Aug;47(3):363-92.  

Cobb, J. L. S. and Laverack, M. S. (1967). 
Neuromuscular systems in echinoderms. 
Symp. Zool. Soc., Lond. 20, 25-51.

Cobb, J. L. S. (1988) 
A preliminary hypothesis to account for the neural basis of behaviour
in echinoderms.
 In: Echinoderm Biology.
 R. D. Burke, M. V. Mladenov, P. Lambert and R. L. Parsley, eds.,
Rotterdam, Balkema : 565-573. 

Cobb, J. L. S. and Moore, A. (1989) 
Studies on the integration of sensory information by the nervous
system of the brittlestar Ophiura ophiura. 
Marine Behavior And Physiology, 14, 211- 212. 

Cobb, J. L. S. (1989) 
Enigmas of echinoderm nervous systems. In: Evolution Of The First
Nervous Systems. 
P. A. V. Anderson, eds., 
New York, Plenum Press : 329-337. 

Cobb, J. L. S. and Hendler, G. (1990) 
Neurophysiological characterization of the photoreceptor system in a
brittlestar, Ophiocoma wendtii (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea).
Comparative Biochemistry And Physiology, 97A(3), 329-333. 

Cobb, J. L. S. and Begbie, K. M. (1994) 
Aspects of the hyponeural nervous system. 
In: Echinoderms Through Time (Echinoderms Dijon). 
B. David, A. Guille, J. P. Féral and M. Roux, eds., 
Rotterdam, Balkema : 25-29. 

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