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On the Innervation of Taste Buds By the N.Facialis in the Mallard, Anas Platyrhynchos L

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For more content, see Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie (Vol 1-17) and Animal Biology (Vol 53 and onwards).

The innervation of the most rostral taste buds in the upper bill of the mallard has been studied with the degeneration technique. The taste buds appear to be innervated by fibers of the N. facialis. These fibers run rostrally with the R. ophthalmicus inferior of N.V, joining this branch through a medial plexus in the upper bill. Normal taste buds contain 20-30 axons; after an interruption of the facial nerve most taste buds are devoid of axons. In a few taste buds 1-5 axons were still visible; these may be fibers of trigeminal origin.

Affiliations: 1: (Department of Morphology, Zoological Laboratory, University of Leiden, The Netherlands


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