Journal of comparative physiology

, Volume 123, Issue 3, pp 239–243 | Cite as

The arrangement of colour receptors in a fused rhabdom of an insect

A microspectrophotometric study on the mothDeilephila
  • P. Schlecht
  • K. Hamdorf
  • H. Langer


Microspectrophotometric measurements on the retina ofDeilephila elpenor were performed using fresh (cut by razor blade) as well as frozen (cryostate microtome) sections. Difference spectra from various parts of the rhabdom clearly showed that in the distal part of the rhabdom the UV pigment is predominant, while in the medial part only green pigment was found. From the difference spectra, wave-length and relative height of the absorption maxima of rhodopsins and metarhodopsins were computed and were found to be in close agreement with other results reported in the literature. These findings confirm the work of Welsch (1977) who concluded from his electron microscopic analysis that the two distal receptor cells are UV sensitive, while the six median receptor cells are green sensitive. There is also good evidence to assume that the ninth, proximal receptor is violet sensitive.


Retina Receptor Cell Microscopic Analysis Distal Part Close Agreement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Schlecht
    • 1
  • K. Hamdorf
    • 1
  • H. Langer
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für TierphysiologieRuhr-Universität BochumBochum 1Federal Republic of Germany

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