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Peter J. Russell + 2 others
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Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892
Textbook Problem

What are three ways electroreceptors are used in aquatic vertebrates?

Summary Introduction

To review:

The ways electroreceptors are used in aquatic vertebrates.

Introduction:

Some animals can detect electrical fields. They sense stimuli that can be detected by humans only with the help of specific instruments.

Explanation

Many of the aquatic animals like sharks, bony fishes, and so on have specialized electroreceptors that detect electrical fields. The plasma membrane of the electroreceptor cell is depolarized by an electric field, which leads to the generation of action potentials. The ways in which aquatic animals use electroreceptors are:

(a) Electroreceptors are used for locating the prey...

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