, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 43–45 | Cite as

Longitudinal contunuity of the subrhabdomeric cisternae in the photoreceptors of the compound eye of the drone,Apis mellifera

  • J. M. Skalska-Rakowska
  • B. Baumgartner
Short Communications Physiology, Pathophysiology


It is shown that the subrhabdomeric cisternae of the honey bee drone photoreceptor cell constitute a single structure with a continuous lumen, that extends over at least 15 μm and perhaps the whole length of the cell. In this case, the structure of the cisternae might subserve the propagation of light adaptation along the cell.

Key words

Honey bee Apis mellifera drone compound eye photoreceptors cisternae, subrhabdomeric 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Skalska-Rakowska
    • 1
  • B. Baumgartner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Oto-neuro-ophthalmologyCantonal HospitalGenevaSwitzerland

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