lateral-line system


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lateral-line system

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acoustico-lateralis system

a complex system of receptors found in fishes and amphibians, which occurs in a line along the length of the body and in a complex pattern on the head. The receptors occur in pores or canals and are capable of detecting very small changes in pressure in the surrounding medium, such as vibrations. When the animal is moving, impulses from efferent nerve fibres to the receptors prevent the latter from responding, so that they do not react to the animal's own movement. The inner ear of vertebrates is thought to have evolved from a receptor of the lateral-line system.
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In such close quarters, the lateral-line system, not vision, tells the fish whether to break off the chase or eat the object of interest.
Gross morphology and evolution of the mechanoreceptive lateral-line system in teleost fishes.
The organ that makes this possible is the lateral-line system, which registers changes in currents and even smaller disturbances, providing backup support for the sense of sight particularly in dark or muddy waters.