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  The extent of visual control in the courtship tracking of D. melanogaster

Cook, R. (1980). The extent of visual control in the courtship tracking of D. melanogaster. Biological Cybernetics, 37(1), 41-51. doi:10.1007/BF00347641.

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Cook, R1, 2, Author              
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1Former Department Neurophysiology of Insect Behavior, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497802              
2Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, Spemannstrasse 38, 72076 Tübingen, DE, ou_1497794              

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 Abstract: The courtship tracking behaviour of male D. melanogaster was filmed in a range of visual mutants and in wild type flies under white and infra-red light. The absence of visual input severely restricts the velocity at which the female may be tracked but does not remove the male's ability to discriminate the female's abdomen from her head. Degradation of visual processing, such as occurs in certain visual mutants, leads mainly to disruption of the control of orientation in tracking. The gain control of translation may only be meaningfully assessed when vision is enabled. Courtship tracking does not depend upon the presence of a binocular field of vision; one eyed flies court with a lateral displacement of the body, and loose visual contact with the female readily when her image moves from the sighted towards the blind eye. The selection of the left or right wing for extension follows a distinct pattern with the male's position and orientation around the female; this may be controlled collateral to locomotor output and after interlateral comparison of sensory input.

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 Dates: 1980-05
 Publication Status: Published in print
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Title: Biological Cybernetics
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Publ. Info: Berlin : Springer
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 37 (1) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 41 - 51 Identifier: ISSN: 0340-1200
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954927549307