Journal of comparative physiology

, Volume 142, Issue 2, pp 199–202 | Cite as

Cellular identification of the violet receptor in the crayfish eye

  • Dean Cummins
  • Timothy H. Goldsmith


Ten violet receptors in the retinas of crayfish (Procambarus) were injected intracellularly with the fluorescent dye Lucifer Yellow-CH and subsequently identified in histological preparations. All had their cell body located distal to the main rhabdom, in the position of the small, 8th retinular cell. In nine cases it was possible to trace the axon of the violet receptor beyond thelamina ganglionaris, and in four cases, to its termination in themedulla.

By contrast, 22 green receptors similarly injected were all found to contribute to the main rhabdom, which is formed by retinular cells 1–7. Their axons synapsed in thelamina ganglionaris.

Microspectrophotometry of the 8th cell reveals an absorption peak at 440 nm. As previous microspectrophotometric observations indicated that retinular cells 1–7 all contain a visual pigment with λmax at 530 nm, the microspectrophotometric data confirm that the violet receptor is cell 8.


Retina Absorption Peak Cell Body Visual Pigment Histological Preparation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dean Cummins
    • 1
  • Timothy H. Goldsmith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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