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Invertebrate Brain Gallery

Many invertebrate animals have evolved a rich variety of brains (head ganglia). Unusually large brains of squids and octopuses and small but sophisticated brains of arthropods, especially those of insects, are among the most fascinating brains created on earth by natural selection. Here, photographs of invertebrates of 6 phyla, 35 orders and 47 species and those of their central nervous systems are presented, with brief explanations of their characteristics. Enjoy seeing the pictures and consider evolution of brains in invertebrates. These images can be only used for research and education freely. Providers (Dr. Makoto Mizunami) have copyright for images and documents.

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Kuramochi
2009-03-05
14:56
Fruit-fly/ Drosophila melanogaster

Fruit-fly (Drosophila melanogaster) is a small fly which is about 3 mm long. It is native to Africa, and now very common in tropical climates. It eats decaying fruits, saps and yeasts. Fruit-fly is one of the most generally studied model organism in biology because of powerful genetic tools and the nucleotide sequence of all its genome has been determined.
Since fruit-fly has red eyes and is attracted to alcohol, Japanese name "syojo-bae" is named after "Shojo", which is a mythical creature with red face and a fondness for alcohol.

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ID57
AuthorKuramochi
Date2009-03-05
SeqC14
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Arthropoda
  • Insecta
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