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Salt-Sugar Interactions in Tarsal Taste Hairs of the Blowfly, Calliphora Vicina Robineau-Desvoidy

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With adaptation taken as criterion, it was found that in terminal tarsal taste hairs of Calliphora vicina NaCl and sucrose can stimulate the same sense cells. This result cannot be satisfactorily explained as a secondary effect of water or by the proximity of the dendrites in the taste hairs. It supports, albeit indirectly, the hypothesis that tarsal taste discrimination in the blowfly is based on a central evaluation of relative impulse frequencies from a number of stimulated cells per sensillum.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Physiology, Zoological Laboratory, Leiden, The Netherlands


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