ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-011010-5
Development of sensory systems in zebrafish (Danio rerio)
Moorman, S.J.
Date: 2001
Source: ILAR journal   42(4): 292-298 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Moorman, Stephen J.
Keywords: none
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Ganglia, Sensory/embryology*
  • Ganglia, Sensory/physiology
  • Ganglia, Spinal/embryology
  • Ganglia, Spinal/physiology
  • Mechanoreceptors/embryology
  • Mechanoreceptors/physiology
  • Mutation
  • Olfactory Pathways/embryology
  • Olfactory Pathways/physiology
  • Sensation/physiology*
  • Vestibular Nuclei/embryology
  • Vestibular Nuclei/physiology
  • Visual Pathways/embryology
  • Visual Pathways/physiology
  • Zebrafish/embryology
  • Zebrafish/physiology*
PubMed: 11581521 Full text @ ILAR (Institute for Laboratory Animal Research)
Zebrafish possess all of the classic sensory modalities: taste, tactile, smell, balance, vision, and hearing. For each sensory system, this article provides a brief overview of the system in the adult zebrafish followed by a more detailed overview of the development of the system. By far the majority of studies performed in each of the sensory systems of the zebrafish have involved some aspect of molecular biology or genetics. Although molecular biology and genetics are not major foci of the paper, brief discussions of some of the mutant strains of zebrafish that have developmental defects in each specific sensory system are included. The development of the sensory systems is only a small sampling of the work being done using zebrafish and provides a mere glimpse of the potential of this model for the study of vertebrate development, physiology, and human disease.