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Axonal wiring and polarisation sensitivity in eye of the rock lobster

Abstract

ARTHROPOD compound eyes consist typically of square or hexagonal facets beneath each of which lies a group of photoreceptor cells. Each photoreceptor or retinula cell gives rise to a microvillar fringe, called the rhabdomere, which consists of parallel tubules containing light-absorbing visual pigments. Axons arising from the retinula cells of each group are usually arranged in distinct bundles. These pass through the basement membrane and enter the first optic ganglion, the lamina, where they synapse with second-order neurones.

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