The gastropod nervous system in metamorphosis

Rene Marois, Thomas J. Carew

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Many gastropods, including the sea hare Aplysia californica, undergo metamorphosis in passing from the larval to the juvenile phases of their life cycle. During metamorphosis, the gastropod nervous system is affected by both progressive and regressive neuronal events. In addition to this metamorphic reorganization, the nervous system appears to be centrally involved in initiating metamorphosis. We propose that gastropods not only possess temprally distinct neuronal adaptations for the specific needs of the larval and juvenile phases, but also another transient neuronal adaptation specialized to subserve the metamorphic episode.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1053-1071
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Neurobiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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