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Light guides in the dorsal eye of the male mayfly

Horridge, George Adrian; Marcelja, L..; Jahnke, R.


(i) The dorsal eyes are sensitive to ultraviolet light, which is focused by the corneal lens into crystalline cones in the region where these taper progressively to columns across the clear zone. The action of these columns as light guides can be observed in fixed eyes embedded in polymerized resin. In life the light guide part of the column is surrounded by watery non-cellular haemolymph. (ii) Shadowing the eye surface with a thin wire (three facets wide) while recording from individual...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1982-08-23
Type: Journal article
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.1982.0059


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