The So-called ‘Colonial Nervous System’ in Bryozoa

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IT was already shown by Darwin1 that vibracula of all the members of a Bryozoan colony are capable of synchronous movement. This and similar phenomena regarded by Müller (1860) and Hinck (18802) as being due to the action of the “colonial nervous system” are now usually ascribed to a reaction of each member of the colony to a stimulus transmitted through a non-nervous route.

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    Darwin, Ch., "Origin of Species" (6th London edition).

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    Hinck, Th., "History of the British Marine Polyzoa" (London: J. V. Voorst, 1880).

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    Parker, G. H., J. Exper. Zoology, 5, 31 (1920).

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HILLER, S. The So-called ‘Colonial Nervous System’ in Bryozoa. Nature 143, 1069–1070 (1939) doi:10.1038/1431069a0

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