The setae of Austropotamobius pallipes (Crustacea: Astacidae)
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 160, Issue 1, pages 91–142, January 1970
How to Cite
Thomas, W. J. (1970), The setae of Austropotamobius pallipes (Crustacea: Astacidae). Journal of Zoology, 160: 91–142. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1970.tb02899.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- (Accepted 10 June 1969)
The author presents here the results of an introductory study into the setal armature of the British species of crayfish, Austropotamobius pallipes (Lereboullet, 1858). Using an ordinary optical microscope, it is demonstrated that a considerable variety of setae exist on the body and appendages of A. pallipes. These setae are described, and their distribution indicated. The setae fall into two main groups:
(1) Setae with relatively thick walls and inconspicuous ampulla, and having no basal septum.
(2) Those setae with relatively thin walls, a well-developed ampulla and basal septum. Further subdivisions of these two groups are made on the bases of outgrowths and outlines of the setal wall. Finally, the significance of the distribution and the variation, is discussed in relation to crayfish behaviour and function, linking the observed morphological facts with the results of some current electro-physiological experiments performed on related decapods.