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Responses of cells in the mormyrid electrosensory lobe to EODs with distorted waveforms: Implications for capacitance detection


, : Responses of cells in the mormyrid electrosensory lobe to EODs with distorted waveforms: Implications for capacitance detection. Journal of Comparative Physiology A Sensory Neural and Behavioral Physiology 175(1): 83-93

Mormyrid fish (Gnathonemus petersii) can discriminate between ohmic and capacitive electrical objects during active electrolocation. The neural basis of this ability was investigated by recording cells in the dorsolateral and medial zones of the electrosensory lobe. Natural electric organ discharges (EODs) distorted by capacitive objects and EODs with computer generated phase shifts were used as stimuli. Cells in the dorsolateral zone were very sensitive to phase shifted EODs with constant amplitude spectra. Phase shifts as small as 1 degree were effective. Cells in this zone also responded more to EODs with capacitance induced distortions than to non-distorted EODs. These effects were very similar to the effects on B-type primary afferents from mormyromast electroreceptors which project to this zone. Cells in the medial zone were not sensitive to phase shifted EODs. Capacitance induced waveform distortions were effective, but the effect of such distortions was opposite to the effect on dorsolateral zone cells. These effects were very similar to the effects on A-type primary afferents from mormyromast electroreceptors which project to this zone. The results show that peripheral information about capacitive objects is preserved in the electrosensory lobe, but do not indicate any further processing of capacitive information in the lobe.

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DOI: 10.1007/bf00217439


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