The neurobiology of magnetoreception in vertebrate animals.

Journal Article (Review)

Diverse vertebrate animals can sense the earth's magnetic field, but little is known about the physiological mechanisms that underlie this sensory ability. Three major hypotheses of magnetic-field detection have been proposed. Electrosensitive marine fish might sense the geomagnetic field through electromagnetic induction, although definitive evidence that such fish actually do so has not yet been obtained. Studies with other vertebrates have provided evidence consistent with two different mechanisms: biogenic magnetite and chemical reactions that are modulated by magnetic fields. Despite recent progress, however, primary magnetoreceptors have not yet been identified unambiguously in any animal.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lohmann, KJ; Johnsen, S

Published Date

  • April 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 153 - 159

PubMed ID

  • 10717674

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10717674

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-108X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0166-2236

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0166-2236(99)01542-8


  • eng