chordotonal organ


chordotonal organ
Subcuticular sense organs of insects and perhaps nematodes that consist of one to several hundred chordotonal sensilla (scolopidia); attached to the cuticle that function as mechanoreceptors; abundant in tympanal organs; a scolopophorus organ; see tympanal organ, myochordotonal organ.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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