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Moreover, electrical stimulation of either the cerebrovisceral connective or the branchial nerve at a stimulus frequency of 10 Hz increased the rate of beat of the lateral cilia, whereas stimulation at a frequency of 20 Hz decreased the rate.
This idea is supported by the following data from Mytilus: Stimulation of the branchial nerve with a single depolarizing pulse led to a single action potential on the lateral cells and complete cessation of ciliary beating, which lasted for as long as a second (Saimi et al.
Gills were dissected away from the body wall and separated into demibranchs, and the branchial nerves removed (Fig.