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A Systematic Nomenclature for the Insect Brain

Neuron 81: 755-765. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2013.12.017.

Authors/Editors: Ito K
Shinomiya K
Ito M
Armstrong J
Boyan G
Hartenstein V
Harzsch S
Heisenberg M
Homburg U
Jenett A
Keshishian H
Restifo L
Rössler W
Simpson J
Strausfeld N
Strauss R
Vosshall L
Publication Date: 2014
Type of Publication: Journal Articles 2001 - 2017

Abstract

Despite the importance of the insect nervous system for functional and developmental neuroscience, descriptions of insect brains have suffered from a lack of uniform nomenclature. Ambiguous definitions of brain regions and fiber bundles have contributed to the variation of names used to describe the same structure. The lack of clearly determined neuropil boundaries has made it difficult to document precise locations of neuronal projections for connectomics study. To address such issues, a consortium of neurobiologists studying arthropod brains, the Insect Brain Name Working Group, has established the present hierarchical nomenclature system, using the brain of Drosophila melanogaster as the reference framework, while taking the brains of other taxa into careful consideration for maximum consistency and expandability. The following summarizes the consortium's nomenclature system and highlights examples of existing ambiguities and remedies for them. This nomenclature is intended to serve as a standard of reference for the study of the brain of Drosophila and other insects.

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