Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 206, Issue 2, pp 243–250

The visual system of the guitar fish (Rhinobatos productus)

  • S. O. E. Ebbesson
  • D. L. Meyer

DOI: 10.1007/BF00232768

Cite this article as:
Ebbesson, S.O.E. & Meyer, D.L. Cell Tissue Res. (1980) 206: 243. doi:10.1007/BF00232768


The retinal projections in adult and juvenile guitar fish (Rhinobatos productus) were determined with the aid of the Nauta-Fink-Heimer techniques. The visual system was found to be more extensive and more differentiated than in any other elasmobranch studied to date. Massive projections exist to the dorsal and ventral thalamus, tectum and pretectum, in addition to the usual weak contributions to the hypothalamus and the ventral mesencephalic tegmentum. The projection to the lateral tectum is significantly less distinct than that to the medial part of this structure, suggesting that the ventral visual field has a smaller input, perhaps due to the fact that this visual field is normally aimed at the body of this flat fish.

Key words

Guitar fish Elasmobranchs Visual system Degeneration study 

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© Springer-Verlag 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. O. E. Ebbesson
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • D. L. Meyer
    • 2
    • 4
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyCatholic University, School of MedicinePonce
  2. 2.Department of Histology and NeuroanatomyUniversity of Göttingen, School of MedicineGöttingenFederal Republic of Germany
  3. 3.Department of NeurosciencesUniversity of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA
  4. 4.School of MedicineLa JollaUSA
  5. 5.Institut für Histologie und NeuroanatomieGöttingenFederal Republic of Germany

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