Circular Polarization Vision in a Stomatopod Crustacean

  title={Circular Polarization Vision in a Stomatopod Crustacean},
  author={Tsyr-Huei Chiou and Sonja Kleinlogel and Thomas W. Cronin and Roy L. Caldwell and Birte Loeffler and Afsheen Siddiqi and Alan R. Goldizen and Justin N. Marshall},
  journal={Current Biology},

Figures from this paper

Circular polarization vision in stomatopod crustaceans

The aim of this thesis was to further investigate rows 5 and 6 of the midband in a range of stomatopod species, using both behavioural and anatomical techniques, and to investigate the first optic neuropil, the lamina, which allows identification of cell types and pathways below the retina and provides a new method for use in stom atopod neural architecture investigations.

Polarization vision in Arthropods

This chapter provides an overview of behavioral evi-dence for polarized-light detection and its biological significance in arthropods and summarizes current understanding of photoreceptor mechanisms for polarization vision and focuses on recent advances in neural processing of polarization signals, particularly in insects.

Circularly polarized light detection in stomatopod crustaceans: a comparison of photoreceptors and possible function in six species

Based on the modelled birefringent properties of a photoreceptor cell (R8), many species of stomatopod achieve the optical function of quarter-wave retardance, allowing them to discriminate circularly polarized light.

Null point of discrimination in crustacean polarisation vision

It is suggested that fiddler crabs suffer from a null point of sensitivity, while stomatopods do not, and this anatomical arrangement should not suffer from equivalent null points of discrimination.

A Novel Display System Reveals Anisotropic Polarization Perception in the Motion Vision of the Butterfly Papilio xuthus.

A novel technique based on projecting video through a synchronously rotating linear polarizer that allows the intensity, angle of polarization, degree of linear polarization, and potentially also color of individual pixels to be controlled independently is presented.

A Different Form of Color Vision in Mantis Shrimp

Stomatopods appear to use a color identification approach that results from a temporal scan of an object across the 12 photoreceptor sensitivities, allowing for extremely rapid color recognition without the need to discriminate between wavelengths within a spectrum.

Do cephalopods communicate using polarized light reflections from their skin?

The evidence for polarization vision as well as polarization signaling in some cephalopod species is reviewed and examples that tend to support the notion – currently unproven – that some cepinghalopods communicate using polarized light signals.

Circularly Polarized Light as a Communication Signal in Mantis Shrimps

Can invertebrates see the e-vector of polarization as a separate modality of light?

  • T. Labhart
  • Biology
    Journal of Experimental Biology
  • 2016
It seems that invertebrate organisms take no interest in the polarization details of visual stimuli, but polarization vision grants more practical benefits, such as improved object detection and visual communication for cephalopods and crustaceans, compass readings to traveling insects, or the alert ‘water below!’ to water-seeking bugs.

Polarisation vision of crustaceans

This chapter examines the anatomical, neurophysiological and behavioural evidence for polarisation vision in a few of the many crustacean groups and detects common themes such as the possession of vertical and horizontal E-vector sensitivity.



Behavioural evidence for polarisation vision in stomatopods reveals a potential channel for communication

Stomatopod eye structure and function: a review.

Biological polarized light reflectors in stomatopod crustaceans

Body parts that can reflect highly polarized light have been found in several species of stomatopod crustaceans (mantis shrimps). These polarized light reflectors can be grossly divided into two

Polarization Vision and Its Role in Biological Signaling1

Polarization vision has special utility and consequently has evolved in numerous marine species, as well as at least one terrestrial animal, and is apparently used for tasks like those that color vision specializes in: contrast enhancement, camouflage breaking, object recognition, and signal detection and discrimination.

The Compound Eyes of Mantis Shrimps (Crustacea, Hoplocarida, Stomatopoda). I. Compound Eye Structure: The Detection of Polarized Light

Structural evidence is presented that stomatopod crustaceans have the receptors necessary for colour and polarization vision, and that all retinular cells in rows one to four of the mid-band, and the distal most retInular cells over most of the retina, are not sensitive to polarized light.

Polarization sensitivity of crayfish photoreceptors is correlated with their termination sites in the lamina ganglionaris

Summary1.Crayfish,Procambarus clarkii, photoreceptor sensitivity to the e-vector of polarized light was measured with micropipettes filled with Lucifer Yellow. The terminals of the dye injected cells

Electrophysiological evidence for linear polarization sensitivity in the compound eyes of the stomatopod crustacean Gonodactylus chiragra

It is shown, with electrophysiological recordings, that the photoreceptors R1-R7 within these two MB rows in Gonodactylus chiragra are highly sensitive to linear polarized light of two orthogonal directions, which is unusual for most crustaceans.

A unique colour and polarization vision system in mantis shrimps

The arrangement of tiered microvilli in two other midband rows suggests that they provide a unique form of polarization vision, which may be adapted in a unique manner for colour and polarization vision.

Neuroarchitecture of the color and polarization vision system of the Stomatopod haptosquilla

The aim of this study was to begin to analyze the underlying neuroarchitecture, the design of which might reveal clues how the visual system interprets and communicates to deeper levels of the brain the multiple channels of information supplied by the retina.