A new tip-recording method to test scorpion pecten chemoresponses to water-soluble stimulants

J Neurosci Methods. 2010 Nov 30;193(2):264-70. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2010.09.002. Epub 2010 Sep 17.


On the ventral surface of all scorpions are jointed appendages called pectines, which possess thousands of sensory sensilla. Researchers have electrophysiologically examined these peg sensilla in the past, providing evidence for their chemosensitivity and intra-peg synaptic interactions. However, limits to extracellular recording and chemical stimulation have impeded further research. In this study, we develop and apply a new tip-recording technique for stimulating and recording peg neurons. Relative to previous methods in pecten electrophysiology, this technique allows for very fast and efficient data assembly. Using it, we captured sensilla chemoresponses to aqueous stimulants. We see utility in this method for advancing our understanding of sensory physiology; specifically, we suggest this technique may be useful for physiological assays on scorpion and other arthropod chemoreceptors, such as insect and crustacean gustatory sensilla.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Action Potentials / drug effects*
  • Action Potentials / physiology
  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal / drug effects
  • Chemoreceptor Cells / drug effects*
  • Chemoreceptor Cells / physiology*
  • Female
  • Pecten / cytology*
  • Pecten / drug effects
  • Scorpions / anatomy & histology*
  • Stimulation, Chemical