Chordotonal Organs in Crustacea

Article metrics


THERE is a series of proprioceptor organs in the joints of the walking legs of decapod Crustacea, each consisting of a strand of elastic connective tissue with which are associated bipolar sensory nerve cells. These organs have been mentioned by Alexandrowicz and Whitear1 and by Alexandrowicz2; work on their physiology has been published by Burke3, Wiersma and Boettiger4 and by Wiersma5. An electron microscope study of these organs in Carcinus maenas has now shown that they are chordotonal organs; the distal processes of the sensory cells are associated with scolopales.

Access options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.


  1. 1

    Alexandrowicz, J. S., and Whitear, M., J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. U.K., 36, 603 (1957).

  2. 2

    Alexandrowicz, J. S., J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. U.K., 37, 379 (1958).

  3. 3

    Burke, W., J. Exp. Biol., 31, 127 (1954).

  4. 4

    Wiersma, C. A. G., and Boettiger, E. G., J. Exp. Biol., 36, 102 (1959).

  5. 5

    Wiersma, C. A. G., J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. U.K., 38, 143 (1959).

  6. 6

    Debauche, H., Cellule, 44, 45 (1935).

  7. 7

    Gray, E. G., Phil. Trans., B. (in the press).

Download references

Author information

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

WHITEAR, M. Chordotonal Organs in Crustacea. Nature 187, 522–523 (1960) doi:10.1038/187522a0

Download citation

Further reading


By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.