Temporal properties of the lens eyes of the box jellyfish Tripedalia cystophora

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Box jellyWsh (Cubomedusae) are visually orientating animals which posses a total of 24 eyes of 4 morphological types; 2 pigment cup eyes (pit eye and slit eye) and 2 lens eyes [upper lens-eye (ule) and lower lens-eye (lle)]. In this study, we use electroretinograms (ERGs) to explore temporal properties of the two lens eyes. We Wnd that the ERG of both lens eyes are complex and using sinusoidal
Xicker stimuli we Wnd that both lens eyes have slow temporal resolution. The average Xicker fusion frequency (FFF) was found to be approximately 10 Hz for the ule and 8 Hz for the lle. DiVerences in the FFF and response patterns
between the two lens eyes suggest that the ule and lle Wlter information diVerently in the temporal domain and thus are tuned to perform diVerent visual tasks. The data collected in this study support the idea that the visual system
of box jellyWsh is a collection of special purpose eyes.
TidsskriftJournal of Comparative Physiology A. Sensory, neural, and behavioral physiology
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)213-220
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - 2010

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