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The dorsal eye of the mayfly Atalophlebia (Ephemeroptera)

Horridge, George Adrian; McLean, Miriam


The dorsal eye of Atalophlebia has two unusual features, the sensitivity only to ultraviolet (u.v.) light, and the candelabra-shaped rhabdom. In addition, the crystalline cone is surrounded to its tip by a yellow pigment, and the tip tapers gradually as a dense fibre. These details, particularly the pigment distribution, indicate that a superposition image cannot be formed by u.v. light. Also, there is no refracting or reflecting structure that could form a sharp superposition image. Instead,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1978-02-23
Type: Journal article
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.1978.0011


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