Subnuclear organization of the ophidian trigeminal motor nucleus. I. Localization of neurons and synaptic bouton distribution.

@article{Moody1980SubnuclearOO,
  title={Subnuclear organization of the ophidian trigeminal motor nucleus. I. Localization of neurons and synaptic bouton distribution.},
  author={Sally A Moody and R M Meszler},
  journal={The Journal of comparative neurology},
  year={1980},
  volume={190 3},
  pages={463-86}
}
Among the Reptilia the morphology of the trigeminal (V) motor nucleus is a rather good indicator of the sophistication of jaw kinetics. As it becomes more complex, the nucleus shifts ventrolaterally and becomes divisible into subnuclear groups. The cottonmouth moccasin, a pit viper with very finely developed jaw musculature and kinetics, has a very large V motor nucleus. It is divisible into three subnuclei: the ventral and intermediate, containing predominantly large neurons (40--60… CONTINUE READING