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Loss of sensory elements in the apical sensory organ during metamorphosis in the nudibranch Phestilla sibogae.

Introduction

Most marine invertebrates produce free-living larvae that undergo metamorphosis, a morphogenetic event that transforms the larva into the juvenile form of the species. For many species, metamorphosis is triggered by the presence of a specific chemical cue that may be associated with their prey or ideal post-metamorphic habitat (Crisp, 1974; Hadfield and Paul, 2001). The tropical Indo-Pacific nudibranch Phestilla sibogae Bergh 1905 (Gastropoda, Opisthobran-chia, Nudibranchia) has served as a model organism for studying metamorphosis in gastropod species (e.g., Bonar and Hadfield, 1974; Hadfield and Pennington, 1990; Miller and Hadfield, 1990; Pires et al., 1997; Hadfield et al., 2000; Bishop et al., 2008). Adult P. sibogae prey on the coral Porites compressa Dana 1846, and competent larvae of P. sibogae are induced to metamorphose by a water-borne chemical cue released by P. compressa (Hadfield and Pennington, 1990).

Successive stages during the metamorphosis of larvae of P. sibogae were classified by Bonar and Hadfield (1974). In laboratory conditions, a competent larva (stage B) placed in metamorphic inducer begins the process of metamorphosis by attaching to the substratum and losing its velar lobes (stage C). The larva next loses attachment to its shell (stage D), and then it evacuates the shell (stage E). Stage E is characterized by a distinct hump-backed body morphology. Next, the visceral hump is integrated into the body (stage F), and the juvenile progressively flattens. For the next 2 days the body continues to flatten and elongate (stage G), and the rhinophores and cerata develop until the form of a small adult is achieved (Bonar and Hadfield, 1974).

In molluscan larvae, as well as those of some other lophotrochozoan phyla, detection of external metamorphic cues is thought to be the function of the apical sensory organ (ASO) (summarized in Hadfield, 2011). In the Gastropoda, ASOs have been identified in larvae of the Heterobranchia, Caenogastropoda, Patellogastropoda, and Neritimorpha. In all of these groups the ASO consists of three types of cells: ampullary neurons, or "sensory cups," and serotonergic types I and II parampullary neurons, terms first coined by Chia and Koss (1984) and modified by Kempf et al., (1997). A ciliary tuft is present on the external surface of the larva near the openings of the ampullary neurons (Bonar, 1978; Kempf et al., 1997; Hadfield et al., 2000; Page and Parries, 2000; Page, 2002; Page and Kempf, 2009). Kempf et al. (1997) reported that the elongate cilia on the ciliary tuft cells are motile and that the cells lack emergent axons, leading to the probability that, contrary to the supposition by Chia and Koss (1984), the ciliary tuft cells are not sensory. There is variation among gastropods in the number and placement of each of the ASO cell types.

Bonar (1978) first identified the three cell types in the ASO of larvae of P. sibogae by using transmission electron microscopy; he noted (1) five or six flask-shaped cells with sensory cilia filling a lumen that opens to the anterior surface; (2) supporting cells with numerous microvilli; and (3) vacuolated cells. For several reasons, Bonar (1978) concluded that the flask-shaped cells (later termed ampullary neurons by Chia and Koss [1984]) have a sensory function. First, their cilia differ from typical motile cilia in that their basal rootlets are very short or missing, the axonal microtubules lack dynein arms, and the few cilia that slightly protrude through the apical neck at the epidermal surface lie parallel to the apical end of the cell. Secondly, axons project from the base of the flask-shaped cells into the nervous mass at the base of these cells, which Bonar (1978) interpreted to be the cerebral commissure (later determined by Kempf et al. [1997] to be a neuropil at the base of the ASO sensory elements; see below). Moreover, the openings of the flask-shaped cells are located between the velar lobes at the entrance to the mantle cavity in an ideal location to sample water moved by the ciliary activity of the velum (Bonar, 1978).

Kempf and Page (2005) confirmed that there are five ampullary (Amp) neurons (the flask-shaped cells of Bonar [1978]) with internal cilia in the ASO of near-competent larvae of P. sibogae by labeling these neurons with an anti-acetylated tubulin antibody. Each Amp neuron has an external opening (ampullary pore) through which the cilia are thought to sense environmental stimuli (Bonar, 1978). There are two bundles of closely arranged Amp neurons (one bundle of three and another bundle of two) located directly beneath a central ciliary tuft, which projects above the epidermal surface. The ciliary tuft may serve the role of bathing the Amp neurons with flowing seawater, increasing their likelihood of making contact with the dissolved metamorphic chemical cue (Kempf and Page, 2005). Kempf et al. (1997) questioned Bonar's (1978) assertion that ciliary tips project from the Amp cells, basing their dissent on their observations of cells similar to Amp cells in the cephalic plate epidermis of larvae of two other nudibranchs, Melibe leonina and Tritonia diomedia, although such cells have not been reported in larvae of P. sibogae. Kempf and Page (2005) labeled tubulin in the Amp cells in larvae of P. sibogae, but due to the low level of magnification and the absence of a marker for the surface of the Amp cells, we cannot discern whether the cilia project from these cells. Such cells should have been labeled with the anti-acetylated tubulin antibody employed by Kempf and Page (2005), but the authors do not illustrate staining of these cells in their images of larvae of P. sibogae. To resolve this question, additional investigation of the larvae of P. sibogae may be necessary with the aid of transmission electron microscopy.

Kempf et al. (1997) identified serotonergic neurons in the ASO of larvae of P. sibogae by labeling with an anti-serotonin antibody. These authors found five serotonergic neurons in the ASO of pre-competent and competent larvae of P. sibogae, three that they termed type I parampullary neurons (Para I) and two that they termed type II parampullary neurons (Para II). The two types differ in their positions in the ASO, the Para I cells having sensory dendrites that extend to the surface of the larva very near the openings of the Amp cells and the Para II cells located lower in the ASO and lacking sensory dendrites (Kempf et al., 1997). Croll (2006), who followed the development of the ASO in P. sibogae, noted that the two round, nonsensory Para II neurons appear first in the ASO of 2-day-old larvae, and the three vase-shaped, sensory Para I neurons appear on day 3. Serotonergic axons from the Para II neurons enter the neuropil of the ASO (ASO neuropil) located basally in the ASO and between the Para II neurons (Kempf et al., 1997). From the ASO neuropil, these axons appear to extend into the corresponding cerebral ganglion neuropil. On each side, the axons then branch, with one process extending into the ipsolateral velar lobe and the other ultimately innervating the contralateral velar lobe (Kempf et al., 1997). Because axons from the Para II neurons innervate the velar lobes, it was suggested that the ASO is also involved in regulating velar function (Kempf et al., 1997; Page and Parries, 2000; Page, 2002; Croll, 2006; Kempf, 2008; Page and Kempf, 2009). The precise role of the Para I neurons is unknown, but their structure and the presence of dendrites projecting to the epidermal surface imply a sensory role (Kempf et al., 1997; Croll, 2006).

Marois and Carew (1990) identified the ASO in veliger larvae of Aplysia californica (an opisthobranch gastropod), but termed it an "apical ganglion" in their 1997 publications. The sensory cells in the ASO of larvae of A. californica include Amp neurons, parampullary (Paramp) neurons, and ciliary tuft cells (Marois and Carew, 1997a). The velar lobes are innervated by axons originating from serotonergic Paramp neurons in the ASO (Marois and Carew, 1997b). In A. californica, the loss of the velar lobes occurs within 24 h of metamorphic induction, and the ASO disappears by 48 h post-induction (Marois and Carew, 1997c). Marois and Carew (1997c) attributed the loss of the Paramp neurons in the ASO of A. californica during metamorphosis to cell death. Marois and Carew (1997c) used transmission electron microscopy to study the metamorphosing larvae of A. californica, and reported that the "apical ganglion, together with its serotonergic cells, is resorbed at metamorphosis."

Available evidence suggests that receptor cells in the ASO of larvae of P. sibogae are responsible for detecting the metamorphic chemical cue and initiating metamorphosis (Bonar, 1978; Kempf et al., 1997; Hadfield et al., 2000). Hadfield et al. (2000) demonstrated that the cells in the ASO of P. sibogae must be functional for the metamorphic cue to be sensed. When DASPET (2-(4-dimethylaminostyryl)-N-ethylpyridinium iodide)-stained cells in the ASO were irradiated with UV light and destroyed, the larvae were incapable of detecting the metamorphic cue from Pontes compressa. Because exactly five cells in the ASO--the number of Amp neurons--were stained by DASPEI and the dye is known to stain mitochondria, it was very likely that the mitochondria-rich Amp neurons in the ASO were destroyed in the treatment, and thus they were credited with the role of detecting the metamorphic inducer (Hadfield et al., 2000). Hadfield and Koehl (2004) reported the rapid cessation of ciliary beat on the velum and the velum's partial retraction when tethered larvae of P. sibogae were engulfed in narrow filaments of water containing the dissolved metamorphic cue, responses that would cause rapid sinking in freely swimming larvae. While including no evidence as to the receptor for the cue, Hadfield and Koehl's (2004) observations suggest a close tie between sensing the inducer and velar activity consistent with the innervations reported by Kempf et al. (1997) and others.

The study reported here examined the structure of the ASO in larvae of P. sibogae during metamorphosis. We asked, does the ASO remain intact throughout metamorphosis and become incorporated into the juvenile nervous system, or does it disappear once metamorphosis has been initiated? Specifically, what is the appearance of the Para II neurons in stage C larvae and later, and do the Amp neurons, presumed to be receptors for the metamorphic inducer, deteriorate after metamorphosis has commenced, because they have no known role in juveniles and adults of P. sibogae? This supposition was strongly supported by Marois and Carew (1997c) in their study of the fate of the ASO during metamorphosis of A. californica.

Materials and Methods

Rearing Phestilla sibogae

Adults of Phestilla sibogae were maintained in flow-through seawater tables at the Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawaii. Larvae of P. sibogae were reared according to the protocol reported in Hadfield et al. (2000). For the experiments described here, day 0 is the day on which the eggs were laid, and day 6 is when the egg masses were mechanically disrupted to free the swimming larvae. Our experiments were performed with larvae ages days 8 through 11--that is, 2 to 5 days after hatching.

Preparation of larvae for immunolabeling

Larvae of P. sibogae at the following developmental stages were collected and prepared for immunolabeling: metamorphically competent larvae at ages 8-11 days and metamorphic stages were examined in larvae from days 10 and 11 that were fixed every hour between 1 and 10 h, 24 h, and 26 h after initial exposure to the metamorphic inducer. Larvae were examined at metamorphic stages B, C, D, F, and G (Bonar and Hadfield, 1974). To prepare seawater containing the metamorphic inducer, pieces of living Pontes compressa were placed in a beaker with seawater and aerated for 24 h (coral water). Competent larvae were placed into the filtered coral water for the designated period of time. Larvae at the various developmental stages (competent non-induced and metamorphosing) were relaxed in isotonic [MgCl.sub.2] for 15-20 min prior to fixation. The larvae were then fixed in 3.7% formaldehyde in filtered seawater for 24-48 h at 4 [degrees]C. After fixation, the larval shells were decalcified with 100 mmol [l.sup.-1] ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid in deionized water for 20-30 min. The larvae were then rinsed three times with phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) (pH 7.4) for 5 min per rinse and stored in PBS at 4 [degrees]C until they were needed for immunolabeling.

Immunocytochemistry

The protocol used for immunocytochemical labeling was derived from methods described by Kempf and Page (2005) and Croll (2006). After being stored in PBS, the larvae were rinsed twice in 0.1% Triton X-100 in PBS (PBT) for 20 min per rinse. The larvae were then incubated in blocking solution (1.0% bovine serum albumin [Sigma, Saint Louis, MO; catalog # B-4287] in PBT) for 25 min at 4 [degrees]C. The larvae were next labeled with polyclonal anti-serotonin (5-HT) (ImmunoStar, Hudson, WI; catalog # 20080) and monoclonal anti-acetylated tubulin (Sigma, Saint Louis, MO; catalog # T-6793) primary antibodies. Polyclonal anti-5-HT (raised in rabbit) was applied at a 1:400 dilution. Monoclonal anti-acetylated tubulin (raised in mouse) was applied at a 1:20 dilution. The larvae were incubated in the primary antibodies diluted together in blocking solution for [approximately equal to]48 h at 4 [degrees]C. Next, the larvae were rinsed three times in PBS for 5 min per rinse, followed by two rinses in PBT for 20 min each. The larvae were then incubated in blocking solution for 25 min at 4 [degrees]C. The larvae were next treated with polyclonal goat anti-rabbit (Alexa Fluor 488) (Invitrogen, Carlsbad, CA; catalog # A-11008) and monoclonal goat anti-mouse (Alexa Fluor 594) (Invitrogen, Carlsbad, CA; catalog # A-11032) secondary antibodies diluted together at a 1:400 dilution in blocking solution for [approximately equal to]48 h at 4 [degrees]C. After this, the larvae were rinsed three times in PBS for 5 min per rinse and stored in 75.0% glycerol in PBS (v/v) until they were mounted on glass slides for examination. Controls for this experiment included (1) incubating larvae in primary antibodies only, to check for autofluorescence, and (2) incubating larvae in secondary antibodies only. In neither control was any fluorescence detected, nor were any cells labeled.

Confocal microscopy

Larvae of P. sibogae were examined for serotonergic and acetylated tubulin immunoreactivity with a Zeiss LSM 510 laser scanning confocal microscope. Stacks of scanned optical sections were compiled to make 3D projections of the larval body with the ASO in a visible position. We examined 11 competent larvae and 6-16 larvae at each stage of metamorphosis observed. Image brightness and contrast were adjusted with Adobe Photoshop CS3 10.0.1 (Adobe Systems Inc.).

Results

In larvae of Phestilla sibogae, the Paramp neurons were serotonergic immunoreactive and the Amp neurons were acetylated tubulin immunoreactive, as previously reported by Kempf et al. (1997) and Kempf and Page (2005), respectively. Additionally, the cilia on the velar lobes and on the larval foot were acetylated tubulin immunoreactive. The structure of the apical sensory orgen (ASO) was very similar in all competent larvae of P. sibogae examined. As reported by others, the ASO of these larvae had five Paramp neurons, five Amp neurons, a neuropil, and cells bearing a ciliary tuft (Figs. 1A, B, C). The ASO was bilaterally symmetrical, with the two round Para II neurons being the most lateral cells in the ASO and bilaterally positioned to each side. The three elongate Para I neurons were located between and anterior to the Para II neurons, with the middle Para I neuron positioned on the midline of the ASO. The five Amp neurons were positioned dorsal to the Para 1 neurons and directly posterior to the ciliary tuft, which was located on the pretrochal surface (Fig. 1C). It was evident that serotonergic axons originating from Paramp neurons innervate the velar lobes (Fig. 1B, C). The ASO neuropil, which includes serotonergic axons from the Paramp cells, is positioned posterior to the Para I and Amp neurons, between the Para II neurons, and dorsal to the cerebral commissure (Fig. 1B). In larvae that had been in meta-morphic inducer for 1 h (image not included), the structure of the ASO remained identical to that seen in competent larvae. Larvae at this early stage of metamorphosis retained velar lobes.

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About 25% of larvae that had been in metamorphic inducer for 2 h (image not included) had lost their velar lobes. In about 75% of larvae that retained velar lobes, the ASO was intact. In larvae without velar lobes (stage C), the five Paramp neurons had begun to break apart into smaller pieces, while the five Amp neurons appeared unchanged. Additionally, the serotonergic axons that had innervated the velum were beginning to fragment, although larger segments of axons were still present (image not included).

More than 50% of larvae that had been in metamorphic inducer for 3 h had lost their velar lobes. In larvae that retained velar lobes, the ASO appeared to be unchanged. In those without velar lobes (stage C), the five Amp neurons appeared to be contracted into a curl but still located in the same general location--central in the ASO--as they were in competent larvae (Fig. 1D). The Paramp neurons were no longer visible. The presence of serotonergic immunoreactive cell fragments and blebs in the region previously occupied by the Paramp neurons suggests that the Paramp neurons had undergone cell death (Fig. 1D). In stage C larvae, what were earlier continuous serotonergic axons with varicosities innervating the velar lobes now appeared as fragmented vesicular remnants of immunoreactive material, as opposed to the serotonergic axons innervating the foot, which were intact (Fig. 1D).

The majority of larvae that had been in metamorphic inducer for 4 h had lost their velar lobes (stage C). In these larvae, the five Amp neurons were morphologically distorted and had clearly lost their organization relative to the epidermal surface and ciliary tuft, which was no longer visible (Fig. 2A). These neurons had moved to new positions below the epidermis, perhaps by differential growth or some unknown mechanism in this region. At this stage of metamorphosis, the ASO appeared to be deteriorating, as indicated by the disruption of the organization of the Amp neurons and the loss of the five Paramp neurons (Fig. 2A).

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Larvae that had been in metamorphic inducer for 5, 6, 7, and 8 h (images not included) appeared very similar to one another. Larvae at this stage had lost their velar lobes (stage C or stage D), and the five morphologically distorted Amp neurons were still present and scattered throughout the region previously occupied by the ASO. Small remnants of the fragmented serotonergic components (neurons and axons) in the ASO remained visible.

In larvae that had been in metamorphic inducer for 9 h (stage C or stage D) (image not included), there was a noticeable reduction in the amount of serotonergic immunoreactive cell and nerve fiber debris in the region where the ASO had been located. Between one and four distorted Amp neurons were visible near the cerebral ganglia, bilateral to the cerebral commissure.

Larvae that had been in metamorphic inducer for 10 h (stage C or stage D) lacked all remains of the ASO and its associated neurites (Fig. 2B). The ciliary bundles of the five Amp neurons were no longer visible, and there was no remaining cell debris (blebs) from their degeneration. The antibody used to identify the Amp neurons labeled the ciliary bundles and probably did not label the perikarya of the Amp neurons, and thus the ultimate fate of these cells was not determined.

Larvae that had been in metamorphic inducer for 24 h and 26 h (stage F or stage G) appeared identical to each other. Evidence of the ASO was completely missing in these early-stage juveniles, and the cerebral ganglia were in their definitive positions (Fig. 2C).

It is important to note that not all larvae lost their vela when the majority of larvae at the same metamorphic stage did. A small fraction of larvae placed in inducer for up to 8 h had not initiated metamorphosis. In these larvae the ASO remained intact, as indicated by the structure of the Paramp and Amp neurons (image not included).

Discussion

The apical sensory organ (ASO) in gastropod larvae has been recognized as a larval sensory structure (Bonar, 1978; Kempf et al, 1997; Marois and Carew, 1997c; Hadfield et al, 2000; Page and Parries, 2000; Page, 2002; Page and Kempf, 2009). The confocal laser microscopic images collected and examined in the present study reveal that the ampullary and parampullary components of the ASO in larvae of Phestilla sibogae undergo morphological changes and eventually disappear during metamorphosis (Figs. 1D; 2A, B, C). Because these cells are the major sensory components of the ASO, their disappearance strongly suggests the complete loss of the organ during metamorphosis. However, reports on a number of gastropod species differ in their descriptions of the timing and fates of cells during metamorphosis. In veligers of P. sibogae, breakdown of the sensory elements of the ASO begins simultaneously with the loss of the velar lobes. Similarly, in Aplysia californica, the ASO disappears after the velar lobes detach (Marois and Carew, 1997c). Marois and Carew (1997c) suggested that the serotonergic neurons in the ASO of A. californica undergo cell death during metamorphosis. In the prosobranch gastropod Ilyanassa obsoleta, the cells in the ASO demonstrated evidence of apoptosis as early as 12 h after induction by serotonin or 7-nitroindazole (Gifondorwa and Leise, 2006). Gifondorwa and Leise (2006) found that cells in the ASO of I. obsoleta, including five serotonergic neurons (presumably homologous to the five serotonergic parampullary neurons in the ASO of P. sibogae), underwent some form of programmed cell death during metamorphosis. In I. obsoleta, the ASO was no longer present 72 h after metamorphic induction, although evidence of its degeneration (cell debris and blebs) persisted (Gifondorwa and Leise, 2006). In the nudibranch Aeolidiella stephanieae, five serotonergic neurons (also homologous to the five parampullary neurons in the ASO of P. sibogae) lie within the apical organ (i.e., the ASO); two cells in the ASO were labeled with anti-FMRFamide (Kristof and Klussmann-Kolb, 2010), but it was unclear whether they were some of the same cells that labeled with anti-serotonin. Larvae of this species are nonfeeding, only briefly planktonic, and apparently settle without a requisite external cue. In these larvae, the ASO begins to break down even before hatching, and in early juveniles the ASO is absent; however, the exact timing of its disappearance is unclear (Kristof and Klussmann-Kolb, 2010). In the abalone Haliotis rufescens, larvae lose the velum within 24 h of metamorphic induction, and deterioration of the serotonergic axons that innervate the velum follows. Once the velar lobes are shed, the pair of serotonergic neurons in the cerebral ganglia that had innervated the velar lobes disappear (Barlow and Truman, 1992).

Previous research has provided evidence that components in the ASO of gastropod species regulate velar lobe function (Kempf et al., 1997; Page and Parries, 2000; Page, 2002; Croll, 2006; Kempf, 2008; Page and Kempf, 2009). The observation in the present study that loss of the velum closely precedes degeneration of the serotonergic type II parampullary neurons--the ASO cells whose serotonergic axons innervate the velum--supports the proposition that the ASO regulates velar lobe function (Fig. 1D). In larvae of P. sibogae, the presence of serotonergic immunoreactive cell debris and blebs suggests that the parampullary neurons undergo some form of programmed cell death during metamorphosis and thus that the serotonergic sensory system of the ASO is larva-specific.

Although misshapen, the five ampullary neurons persist after the velar lobes are shed and do not completely disappear until 10 h after metamorphic induction in P. sibogae (Fig. 2B). It is likely that they have no function in the juvenile nudibranch. There is experimental evidence that the ampullary neurons are the cells in the larvae of P. sibogae that sense the metamorphic inducer; that is, when five DASPEI-staining cells in the region of the ASO were destroyed by UV irradiation, the larvae lost the ability to respond to the metamorphic inducer (Hadfield et al., 2000). A series of studies has noticed that the placement of the ASO is optimal for sensing ambient water swirled past it by the beating of velar cilia and the ciliary tuft (Bonar, 1978; Hadfield et al., 2000; Kempf and Page, 2005). From the confocal images in the present study, it was clear that the ampullary neurons are located in an optimal position within the ASO to serve this sensory function (Fig. 1C). By the 3rd h of metamorphosis, the ampullary neurons appear to move away from the ciliary tuft and retract from the epidermal surface (Fig. 1D), which suggests that they are no longer functional; that is, their internal cilia can no longer sense stimuli from the external environment. Whether the ampullary neurons undergo apoptosis has not been determined, but because they became detached and misshapen as early as 3 h after the onset of metamorphosis (Fig. 1D), it seems certain that these cells lost their sensory function early in this important developmental transition. Although it would require structural investigation, ultimately at the level of electron microscopy, to provide definitive evidence for the complete loss of the ASO during metamorphosis of P. sibogae, the data presented here strongly imply that its major sensory elements, the five serotonergic parampullary and five ampullary neurons, begin to degenerate soon after the onset of metamorphosis and are no longer apparent by 10 h after metamorphic induction (Fig. 2B). It is noteworthy that the ASOs of gastropod larvae all appear to contain two distinctive clusters of sensory cells, but only a single sensory role has thus far been demonstrated for the organ. The question thus remains, what does the other set of sensory cells detect? Definitive proof of the specific roles of each of these two or three cell types awaits experimental investigation, but such studies will be very difficult with animals as small as gastropod larvae.

Acknowledgments

GJRJ appreciatively acknowledges funding from the National Science Foundation's Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology and Undergraduate Research and Mentoring programs, which were granted to MGH and collaborators (DBI-0405380 and DBI-0829272). Partial funding for this research came from NSF research grant no. IOS-0842681 to MGH. Brian Nedved provided very useful assistance throughout the experiments and data analyses. Fellow researchers in the Hadfield lab who assisted with the rearing of larvae of Phestilla sibogae are gratefully acknowledged. We thank two anonymous reviewers for suggestions that improved the manuscript.

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GUADALUPE J. RUIZ-JONES * AND MICHAEL G. HADFIELD [dagger]

Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 41 Ahui St., Honolulu, HI 96813

Received 15 June 2010; accepted 14 January 2011.

* Current address: Department of Biology. Stanford University. Gilbert Hall, Stanford, CA 94305.

[dagger] To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: hadfield@hawaii.edu

Abbreviations: Amp, ampullary neuron; ASO, apical sensory organ; Paramp, parampullary neuron; Para I, type I parampullary neuron; Para II, type II parampullary neuron.
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Author:Ruiz-Jones, Guadalupe J.; Hadfield, Michael G.
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