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Nasal epithelia, alligator - TEM

This is a histology slide from an American alligator. Apical ending of an OSN (olfactory receptor neurons) (type II) filled with mitochondria. The olfactory knob seems to bear only microvilli. However, serial sections reveal that cilia are present.

Image courtesy of:
Hansen, Anne; "Olfactory and solitary chemosensory cells: two different chemosensory systems in the nasal cavity of the American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis"; BMC Neuroscience 2007 8:64 doi:10.1186/1471-2202-8-64.

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