Spinal Circuit for Escape in Goldfish and Zebrafish

Joseph R. Fetcho

in Handbook of Brain Microcircuits

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Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780195389883
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199965137 | DOI:
Spinal Circuit for Escape in Goldfish and Zebrafish

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This chapter reviews the spinal circuit for the Mauthner initiated escape behavior in fishes. It focuses on the network and the features of the circuit that produce a very rapid bending of the body that takes precedence over other ongoing motor activities. These features are characteristic of high priority motor circuits broadly among animals.

Chapter.  1447 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Development of the Nervous System

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