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Visual Input to the Efferent Control System of a Fly's "Gyroscope"

Chan, Wai Pang and Prete, Frederick and Dickinson, Michael H. (1998) Visual Input to the Efferent Control System of a Fly's "Gyroscope". Science, 280 (5361). pp. 289-292. ISSN 0036-8075.

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Dipterous insects (the true flies) have a sophisticated pair of equilibrium organs called halteres that evolved from hind wings. The halteres are sensitive to Coriolis forces that result from angular rotations of the body and mediate corrective reflexes during flight. Like the aerodynamically functional fore wings, the halteres beat during flight and are equipped with their own set of control muscles. It is shown that motoneurons innervating muscles of the haltere receive strong excitatory input from directionally sensitive visual interneurons. Visually guided flight maneuvers of flies may be mediated in part by efferent modulation of hard-wired equilibrium reflexes.

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Additional Information:© 1998 American Association for the Advancement of Science. 16 December 1997; accepted 10 February 1998. Supported by grants from NSF (IBN-9723424) and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to M.H.D.
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Official Citation:Visual Input to the Efferent Control System of a Fly's "Gyroscope" BY WAI PANG CHAN, FREDERICK PRETE, MICHAEL H. DICKINSON Science 10 Apr 1998: Vol. 280, Issue 5361, pp. 289-292 DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5361.289
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