Structure of the Nervous System: General Design and Gross Anatomy

Jeremy M. Sullivan, Jens Herberholz

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The myriad behaviors characteristic of crustaceans reflect the diverse lifestyles (pelagic, benthic, terrestrial, parasitic, sessile) of this large taxon. These behaviors are controlled by nervous systems whose basic structure is conserved across the Crustacea. Crustacean nervous systems are also characterized by extensive taxon-specific adaptations, including marked reductions (e.g., sessile barnacles) and increases (e.g., territorial stomatopods) in complexity. This chapter outlines the organization of the sensory and central nervous systems of the principal crustacean taxa, highlighting both conserved and specialized features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFunctional Morphology and Diversity
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267780
ISBN (Print)9780195398038
StatePublished - May 8 2015


  • Central nervous system
  • Crustacea
  • Crustacean brain
  • Crustaceans
  • Decapods
  • Neuroendocrine system
  • Optic ganglia
  • Sensory nervous system
  • Ventral nerve cord

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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