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Nudibranch Neurobiology and Behavior

Nudibranches are often studied by neurobiologists because they have very large, identifiable, neurons that are very amenable to neurophysiological investigations. Our studies of the nudibranch, Melibe leonina, center around their rhythmic behaviors, such as feeding and swimming. We seek to identify the neural circuits that generate the behaviors as well as the neurons and hormones that modulate the expression of these behaviors.

Swimming behavior

Neural basis of swimming

Feeding behavior

Neural basis of feeding

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