Fine structure of taste buds in the barbel of the catfish, Ictalurus punctatus

Taste buds occur in the epithelium of the catfish barbel along its entire length. Two major cell types, light and dark cells, occupy the upper two-thirds of the taste bud. A third cell type, the basal cell, lies on the basal lamina and is essentially separated from the light and dark cells by a plexus of unmyelinated nerve fibers. The dark cells have… CONTINUE READING