Organization of the visual projection upon the optic tectum of some freshwater fish

  • Schwassmann H
  • Kruger L
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In four species of freshwater fish, bass, carp, bluegill and goldfish, the topographical relations of the visual field with the contralateral optic tectum were investigated, using a small light as stimulus in the visual field and recording the electrical response of the tectum with a metal microelectrode. The results show a precisely organized visual projection onto the contralateral tectum in which the anterior visual field lies anteriorly on the tectum, the temporal field posteriorly, the dorsal field medio-dorsally, and the ventral field in the latero-ventral part of the tectum. The projection was found to be essentially linear and uniform with no indication of a specialized area in the visual field in those species investigated. Some receptive fields extended into the anterior binocular visual field.

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  • Horst O. Schwassmann

  • Lawrence Kruger

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