Effects of bath-application of quisqualate (Q), N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) and antagonists of NMDA-receptors: D-amino-adipate (AA), 2-amino-4-phosphonobutyrate (APB), 2-amino-5-phosphonovalerate (APV) and Mg2+ as well as acidic amino acid antagonist: D-glutamylglycine (DGG) on the synapse between the electroreceptor cells and afferent fibres were studied in the ampullae of Lorenzini. Q (threshold concentration 10(-8) M) and NMDA (threshold concentration 10(-5) M) strongly excited afferent fibres. Neither AA nor APB influenced the resting and evoked activities. APV blocked the synaptic transmission. Mg2+ (30-50 mM) blocked the responses to NMDA, while Q-induced responses were not affected, APV preferentially blocked NMDA-induced responses and in lesser degree--L-aspartate (L-ASP)-induced responses. DGG blocked the synaptic transmission. It is supposed that the synaptic receptor could represent a homogeneous receptor with different binding sites to the known agonists.