Signal Processing in the Crayfish Optic Lobe: Contrast, Motion and Polarization Vision

  • Raymon M. Glantz
  • Clyde S. Miller
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Between 1952 and 1978, C.A.G. Wiersma and several coworkers surveyed the integrative properties of the neurons in the decapod optic tract. A comparative analysis of lobsters, crayfish, and crabs (summarized in Wiersma et al. 1982) revealed a sophisticated, parallel distributed information pathway. In each species, all or most of the visual field is simultaneously analyzed by multiple classes of interneurons. Thus, contrast polarity, and local and global motion are assessed across the panoramic visual space at multiple loci defined by the visual receptive fields. Several neuron classes (e.g., sustaining fibers) were discovered in each species, and the members of each class are uniquely distinguished by their receptive fields. The number of neurons in each class is small (e.g., there are 14 sustaining fibers in the crayfish Procambarus clarkii) and their receptive fields overlap extensively. There are several types of motion detectors, sustaining and dimming fibers, cells that track moving objects (seeing fibers) and space constant fibers with visual receptive fields modulated by signals from the statocysts.


Receptive Field Polarization Sensitivity Visual Receptive Field Polarization Vision Optic Neuropile 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymon M. Glantz
    • 1
  • Clyde S. Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Cell BiologyRice UniversityHoustonUSA

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