• Corpus ID: 30672457

Behaviour and Motor Output for an Insect Walking on a Slippery Surface: II. Backward Walking

  title={Behaviour and Motor Output for an Insect Walking on a Slippery Surface: II. Backward Walking},
  author={D. Graham and Steven Epstein},
  journal={The Journal of Experimental Biology},
  • D. Graham, S. Epstein
  • Published 1 September 1985
  • Biology, Psychology
  • The Journal of Experimental Biology
Coordination of the legs and the motor activity of four muscles in a middle leg were recorded in adult stick insects walking on a slippery glass surface. Backward walking was not achieved by a simple phase shift of levators and depressors. In all muscles examined, there was a considerable disturbance of motor activity during backward walking when compared with that found in forward walking. In backward walking, recovery was performed, in the middle leg, by strong fast unit activity in the… 

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