Zebrafish Nervous Systems

Jan Kaslin, Julia Ganz

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In zebrafish, the central nervous system follows the general ground plan of a vertebrate brain in terms of morphology and composition. Neural development proceeds quickly, and the major brain regions, such as forebrain, midbrain, hindbrain, and spinal cord are morphologically discernible around 1 day postfertilization. The majority of adult neuronal cell types, nuclei, and circuits are formed and functional around the time of hatching. The peripheral nervous system is subdivided into the somatic peripheral nervous system that includes sensory ganglia, such as the dorsal root ganglia and the autonomic nervous system that includes the sympathetic nervous system and the enteric nervous system. The enteric nervous system is the largest part of the peripheral nervous system and provides the intrinsic innervation of the gut.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Zebrafish in Biomedical Research
Subtitle of host publicationBiology, Husbandry, Diseases, and Research Applications
EditorsSamuel C. Cartner, Judith S. Eisen, Susan C. Farmer, Karen J. Guillemin, Michael L. Kent, George E. Sanders
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780128124314
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • cerebellum
  • diencephalon
  • dorsal root ganglia
  • enteric nervous system
  • mesencephalon
  • metencephalon
  • pallium
  • spinal cord
  • subpallium
  • telencephalon

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