From embryo to adult: anatomy and development of a leg sensory organ in Phormia regina, Meigen (Insecta: Diptera). II. Development and persistence of sensory neurons

J Comp Neurol. 1991 Jun 8;308(2):200-8. doi: 10.1002/cne.903080207.


The imaginal leg disc of Phormia regina contains eight neurons that arise during embryogenesis. Five of the neurons are associated with Keilin's organ, and of these five, two persist to the adult fly. Two new neurons arise at about the time of pupariation and flank each of these persisting neurons, forming two triplets of cells. Both triplets can be followed throughout metamorphosis; in the late pupa they are situated anteriorly and posteriorly at the tip of the fifth tarsomere. Two triplets of cuticular specializations are found at corresponding positions in the adult fly, each consisting of two campaniform sensilla and a trichoid hair. The central member of each set of sensilla, a campaniform sensillum, is associated with the persisting cell.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diptera / anatomy & histology*
  • Diptera / embryology
  • Diptera / growth & development
  • Larva / anatomy & histology
  • Larva / physiology
  • Mechanoreceptors / ultrastructure
  • Metamorphosis, Biological
  • Neurons, Afferent / ultrastructure*
  • Sense Organs / embryology
  • Sense Organs / growth & development
  • Sense Organs / ultrastructure*