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Crickets respond to air currents with quick avoidance behavior. The terminal abdominal ganglion (TAG) has a neuronal circuit for a wind-detection system to elicit this behavior. We investigated neuronal transmission from cercal sensory afferent neurons to ascending giant interneurons (GIs). Pharmacological treatment with 500 muM acetylcholine (ACh)… (More)
One prominent stimulus to evoke an escape response in crickets is the detection of air movement, such as would result from an attacking predator. Wind is detected by the cercal sensory system that consists of hundreds of sensory cells at the base of filiform hairs. These sensory cells relay information to about a dozen cercal giant and non-giant… (More)