The Fine Structure of Spider Photoreceptors in Relation to Function

  • A. David Blest


The eyes of spiders are ocelli, and it is natural to compare their performance with that of compound eyes and of the ocelli of insects. The latter, which are underfocused and usually possess receptor mosaics of indifferent quality (Wilson 1978), are better known than those of arachnids, and have not encouraged workers to examine those of spiders in much detail. Nevertheless, the ocelli of spiders range from the principal eyes of jumping spiders whose sophisticated organisation sustains high visual acuities (Land 1969a; Eakin and Brandenburger 1971; Jackson and Blest 1982a; Blest and Price 1984) to many, perhaps the majority, that can hardly be supposed to sustain much in the way of image analysis at all.


Pigment Granule High Visual Acuity Photoreceptor Membrane Receptor Mosaic Corneal Lens 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. David Blest
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurobiologyResearch School of Biological Sciences, The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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