Evidence for a sensitising pigment in fly photoreceptors

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Many photoreceptor cells in invertebrates have a dual-peak spectral sensitivity. Evidence is presented that in fly photo-receptors the ultraviolet peak is due to a photostable pigment that absorbs light quanta and transfers the energy to the blue-absorbing visual pigment.

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Kirschfeld, K., Franceschini, N. & Minke, B. Evidence for a sensitising pigment in fly photoreceptors. Nature 269, 386–390 (1977). https://doi.org/10.1038/269386a0

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