Cone Photoreceptor Diversity in the Retinas of Fruit Bats (Megachiroptera)

  title={Cone Photoreceptor Diversity in the Retinas of Fruit Bats (Megachiroptera)},
  author={Brigitte M{\"u}ller and Steven M. Goodman and Leo Peichl},
  journal={Brain, Behavior and Evolution},
  pages={90 - 104}
Older studies have claimed that bats including the Megachiroptera (fruit bats or flying foxes) have pure-rod retinas and possess no cone photoreceptors. We have determined the presence and the population densities of spectral cone types in six megachiropteran species belonging to four genera: Pteropus rufus, P. niger, P. rodricensis, Rousettus madagascariensis, Eidolon dupreanum, and Epomophorus gambianus. Spectral cone types and rods were assessed immunocytochemically with opsin-specific… 

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