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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., 1983a).
Cilio-inhibitory effects of branchial nerve stimulation in the mussel, Mytilus edulis.
Gills were dissected away from the body wall and separated into demibranchs, and the branchial nerves removed (Fig.