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Ocellar structure of African and Australian desert ants

Penmetcha, Bhavana; Ogawa, Yuri; Ribi, Willi A.; Narendra, Ajay


Few walking insects possess simple eyes known as the ocelli. The role of the ocelli in walking insects such as ants has been less explored. Physiological and behavioural evidence in the desert ant, Cataglyphis bicolor, indicates that ocellar receptors are polarisation sensitive and are used to derive compass information from the pattern of polarised skylight. The ability to detect polarised skylight can also be inferred from the structure and the organisation of the ocellar retina. However, the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00359-019-01357-x


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