electroreceptors


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electroreceptors

nerve endings which perceive differences in voltage fields; a feature of fish and monotremes.
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You just need to grow the nerve a little bit further and you have a basic electroreceptor.
Some fish have electroreceptors, as do echidnas, the other egg-laying mammal.
To sense those electric clouds around it, the fish has a regular pattern of special nerve endings called electroreceptors in its skin.
These animals' finely tuned electroreceptors, detectors of electrical energy, might pick up sudden changes in Earth's electromagnetic field.
For instance, the ichthyosaur might have had electroreceptors in the skin of its face and jaws, says Kear.
The sensitivity of the electroreceptor system has been studied in a broad range of elasmobranchs (reviewed by Montgomery, 1988; Kalmijn, 2003) and there is no evidence of a lesser sensitivity in rays when compared to sharks.