Federico Caicci, Fabio Gasparini, Francesca Rigon, Giovanna Zaniolo, Paolo Burighel and Lucia Manni The oral sensory structures of Thaliacea (Tunicata) and consideration of the evolution of hair cells in chordata Journal of Comparative Neurology 521
Tunicates, the closest relatives of vertebrates, possess a mechanoreceptor, the coronal organ, based on hair cells. We analyzed three thaliacean species that have evolved different solutions for mechanoreception. Some solutions are unique within tunicates, and others are shared; some are based on primary sensory cells and others on secondary sensory cells.
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