Magnetic field detection is distinct from light detection in the invertebrates Tenebrio and Talitrus

@article{Arendse1978MagneticFD,
  title={Magnetic field detection is distinct from light detection in the invertebrates Tenebrio and Talitrus},
  author={M. C. Arendse},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1978},
  volume={274},
  pages={358-362}
}
THE mechanism used by animals for geomagnetic field detection has long been discussed1. Leask2 has proposed that sensitivity to magnetic field might result from polarised light detection through optical pumping into the lowest level triplet state of (say) the rhodopsin molecule that possesses spin. Light detection, he suggests, might be a prerequisite for magnetic field detection and might result in an axial rather than a polar response in the animal. However, a unimodal reaction has been… CONTINUE READING
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