1. 1.

    In undissected, freely mobile earthworms the sensory input for tactile stimulation to the MGF and LGF shows a region of overlap occupying a number of segments behind the clitellum. The average number of overlapping segments from a sample of 14 worms was 13 (range 0–28).

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    The overlap zone consists of segments from which both LGF and MGF spikes can be elicited.

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    Increasing stimulus intensity in the LGF field reduces the latency of the first spike until it reaches a minimum of 6 ms. This value is used to calculate conduction velocity of afferent impulses along the sensory pathway.

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    It is suggested, on the basis of conduction velocity, that the large sensory neurones in the segmental nerves are those mediating afferent events in the rapid escape response.

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