Journal of Comparative Physiology A

, Volume 164, Issue 3, pp 359–363 | Cite as

Spectral sensitivity in jumping spiders (Araneae, Salticidae)

  • Alan G. Peaslee
  • Graeme Wilson


  1. 1.

    We report here a psychophysical technique for studying the spectral sensitivity of jumping spiders (family Salticidae), based on a newly discovered oculomotor reflex.

  2. 2.

    Our results, obtained fromMaevia inclemens (Salticidae), are compatible with electrophysiological findings of retinal cells maximally sensitive in the green and ultraviolet regions of the spectrum.

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    Sensitivity to longer wavelengths (>650 nm) has been controversial. In our study jumping spiders are shown to have a broad spectral sensitivity function extending from the ultraviolet (330 nm) to the deep red (700 nm).



Spectral Sensitivity Sensitivity Function Retinal Cell Ultraviolet Region Electrophysiological Finding 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan G. Peaslee
    • 1
  • Graeme Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physiological Optics, The Medical Center/School of OptometryUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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