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Natural and genetically engineered visual pigments of the fly

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Kirschfeld,  K
Former Department Comparative Neurobiology, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Kirschfeld, K. (1990). Natural and genetically engineered visual pigments of the fly. In F. Gribakin, K. Wiese, & A. Popov (Eds.), Sensory systems and communication in arthropods: including the first comprehensive collection of contributions by Soviet scientists (pp. 86-90). Basel, Switzerland: Birkhäuser.


Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-09EE-5
Abstract
The compound eyes of higher flies are exceptional with regard to several aspects. Everything seems to be adapted for one purpose: to detect even small modulations in light intensity. This then allows landing even on a white sheet of paper, or to detect females over quite a distance. Pecularities concern the optics as well as the neural connections between retina and the first optic ganglion, but also the visual pigments. Properties of the latter will be described.