Dendritic reorganization of an identified motoneuron during metamorphosis of the tobacco hornworm moth

Science  30 Apr 1976:
Vol. 192, Issue 4238, pp. 477-479
DOI: 10.1126/science.1257782


In the tobacco hornworm, many larval motoneurons become respecified and supply new muscles in the adult. Changes in the morphology of one such neuron were examined through metamorphosis. The dendritic pattern of the adult comes about both by outgrowth from the primary and secondary branches of the larval neuron and by the development of new branches that are unique to the adult.