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Three spectrally distinct photoreceptors in diurnal and nocturnal Australian ants

Ogawa, Yuri; Narendra, Ajay; Zeil, Jochen; Hemmi, Jan M.; Falkowski, Marcin

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Ants are thought to be special among Hymenopterans in having only dichromatic colour vision based on two spectrally distinct photoreceptors. Many ants are highly visual animals, however, and use vision extensively for navigation. We show here that two congeneric day- and night-active Australian ants have three spectrally distinct photoreceptor types, potentially supporting trichromatic colour vision. Electroretinogram recordings show the presence of three spectral sensitivities with peaks...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/67371
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0673

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