Herbst corpuscle

Herbst corpuscle

[′hərbst ¦kȯr·pə·səl]
(vertebrate zoology)
A cutaneous sense organ found in the mucous membrane of the tongue of the duck.
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Microscopic examination revealed pits containing stacks of cells called Herbst corpuscles, similar to the organs used by other shorebirds to detect vibrations from wriggling prey.
As the knots drive their bills into the sand, causing water movement, the Herbst corpuscles sense pressure variations that occur when an immobile object, like a hidden bivalve, obstructs the flow.