The Visual System of Fish

  • Ron Douglas
  • Mustafa Djamgoz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Ellis R. Loew, William N. McFarland
    Pages 1-43
  3. Russell D. Femald
    Pages 45-61
  4. Jake G. Sivak
    Pages 63-80
  5. James K. Bowmaker
    Pages 81-107
  6. Hans-Joachim Wagner
    Pages 109-157
  7. Simon D. M. Guthrie
    Pages 279-343
  8. Nico A. M. Schellart
    Pages 345-372
  9. Ron H. Douglas, Craig W. Hawryshyn
    Pages 373-418
  10. Maureen K. Powers, Pamela A. Raymond
    Pages 419-442
  11. Russell D. Fernald
    Pages 443-463
  12. Joel L. Cohen
    Pages 465-490
  13. William R. A. Muntz
    Pages 491-511
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 513-526

About this book


A question often asked of those of us who work in the seemingly esoteric field of fish vision is, why? To some of us the answer seems obvious - how many other visual scientists get to dive in a tropical lagoon in the name of science and then are able to eat their subjects for dinner? However, there are better, or at least scientifically more acceptable, reasons for working on the visual system of fish. First, in terms of numbers, fish are by far the most important of all vertebrate classes, probably accounting for over half (c. 22 000 species) of all recognized vertebrate species (Nelson, 1984). Furthermore, many of these are of commercial importance. Secondly, if one of the research aims is to understand the human visual system, animals such as fish can tell us a great deal, since in many ways their visual systems, and specifically their eyes, are similar to our own. This is fortunate, since there are several techniques, such as intracellular retinal recording, which are vital to our understanding of the visual process, that cannot be performed routinely on primates. The cold­ blooded fish, on the other hand, is an ideal subject for such studies and much of what we know about, for example, the fundamentals of information processing in the retina is based on work carried out on fish (e. g. Svaetichin, 1953).


anatomy fish growth morphology physiology science

Editors and affiliations

  • Ron Douglas
    • 1
  • Mustafa Djamgoz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Optometry and Visual ScienceCity UniversityLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Pure and Applied BiologyImperial CollegeLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6672-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0411-8
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