Orientation of Amphibians by Linearly Polarized Light

  • Douglas H. Taylor
  • Jill S. Auburn
Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)


Indoor tests of Bullfrog tadpoles and the eft and adult stages of Eastern Red Spotted Newts under linearly polarized light indicate that these two species can perceive the e-vector for spatial orientation. Other tests out of doors, under clear blue skies after sunset, indicate that both species can use the polarization patterns of the natural sky for orientation. Further, outdoor tests of Bullfrog tadpoles after sunset indicate that the reception of linearly polarized light does not reside in the eyes, but probably is associated with the pineal complex.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas H. Taylor
    • 1
  • Jill S. Auburn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyMiami UniversityOxfordUSA

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