Four identified neurone types (CV3, 7, 5 and 6), located in the ventral cerebral ganglia of Lymnaea stagnalis, are described. These cells have axonal projections in one or more of the nerves innervating the lips. In addition, they show rhythmic synaptic inputs leading to strong burst activity in phase with cyclic output from the buccal ganglia, suggesting a role in the control of the oral aperture during feeding. The innervation of lip muscle by one of the cell types (CV7) is confirmed electrophysiologically. The relationship of rhythmic activity in CV cells with that in the buccal feeding system is discussed.

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