The nervus terminalis also exists in cyclostomes and birds

Cell Tissue Res. 1987 Nov;250(2):431-4. doi: 10.1007/BF00219088.


The terminal nerve has been described in all vertebrate classes, with the exception of cyclostomes and birds. With regard to this question, we have examined representatives of these two classes using tracer techniques, and found a terminal nerve in larval lampreys and young domestic mallards. Horseradish peroxidase or cobaltous lysine was injected into the olfactory mucosa, which is known to be innervated by peripheral branches of the terminal nerve. The brains were then searched for labeled, centrally directed fibers of the terminal nerve that project further caudally than the glomerular layer of the olfactory bulb. In larval lampreys, centrally projecting fibers of the terminal nerve were found in the tel-, di- and mesencephalon. Termination of labeled fibers was observed in the hypothalamus. Some fibers of the terminal nerve cross to the contralateral side via the commissure of the posterior tuberculum. In young ducks, the terminal nerve projects ipsilaterally along the medial edge of the telencephalon.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Axonal Transport
  • Brain / anatomy & histology*
  • Cranial Nerves / anatomy & histology*
  • Ducks / anatomy & histology*
  • Fishes / anatomy & histology*
  • Horseradish Peroxidase
  • Lampreys / anatomy & histology*
  • Species Specificity


  • Horseradish Peroxidase