Journal of Comparative Physiology A

, Volume 157, Issue 4, pp 417–421 | Cite as

The contribution of different colour receptors to a motor output in the fly

  • K. Kirschfeld
  • K. Vogt
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Summary

A light flash given to the eye ofCalliphora leads to a movement of the legs (light induced leg reflex) which most likely normally initiates flight of the animal. This reflex has a short latency (12 to 30 ms, depending upon light intensity) and is quite reproducible without habituation. The spectral sensitivity of the reflex shows that receptors R1-6 most likely govern the input to the reflex in dark adaptation, a contribution of receptors R7 can be demonstrated with selective chromatic adaptation.

Keywords

Colour Light Intensity Spectral Sensitivity Short Latency Dark Adaptation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Kirschfeld
    • 1
  • K. Vogt
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für biologische KybernetikTübingenGermany

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