Visual pigment in the lens eyes of the box jellyfish Chiropsella bronzie

O'Connor, Megan, Garm, Anders, Marshall, Justin N., Hart, Nathan S., Ekstrom, Peter, Skogh, Charlotta and Nilsson, Dan-Eric (2010) Visual pigment in the lens eyes of the box jellyfish Chiropsella bronzie. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 277 1689: 1843-1848. doi:10.1098/rspb.2009.2248

Author O'Connor, Megan
Garm, Anders
Marshall, Justin N.
Hart, Nathan S.
Ekstrom, Peter
Skogh, Charlotta
Nilsson, Dan-Eric
Title Visual pigment in the lens eyes of the box jellyfish Chiropsella bronzie
Formatted title
Visual pigment in the lens eyes of the box jellyfish Chiropsella bronzie
Journal name Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-8452
Publication date 2010-06-22
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1098/rspb.2009.2248
Volume 277
Issue 1689
Start page 1843
End page 1848
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher The Royal Society Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Box jellyfish (Cubomedusae) possess a unique visual system comprising 24 eyes of four morphological types. Moreover, box jellyfish display several visually guided behaviours, including obstacle avoidance and light-shaft attractance. It is largely unknown what kind of visual information box jellyfish use for carrying out these behaviours. Brightness contrast is almost certainly involved, but it is also possible that box jellyfish extract colour information from their surroundings. The possible presence of colour vision in box jellyfish has previously been investigated using behavioural, electrophysiological and immunohistochemical methods. However, the results from these studies are to some degree conflicting and inconclusive. Here, we present results from an investigation into the visual system of the box jellyfish Chiropsella bronzie, using microspectrophotometry and immunohistochemistry. Our results strongly indicate that only one type of visual pigment is present in the upper and lower lens eyes with a peak absorbance of approximately 510 nm. Additionally, the visual pigment appears to undergo bleaching, similar to that of vertebrate visual pigments.
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Keyword Cubomedusae
Chiropsella bronzie
Visual pigment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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