Zebrafish differentially process colour across visual space to match natural scenes

Zimmermann, Maxime, Nevala, Noora Emilia, Yoshimatsu, Takeshi, Osorio, Daniel, Nilsson, Dan-Eric, Berens, Philipp and Baden, Thomas (2018) Zebrafish differentially process colour across visual space to match natural scenes. Current Biology, 28. pp. 1-15. ISSN 0960-9822

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Abstract

Animal eyes have evolved to process behaviourally important visual information, but how retinas deal with statistical asymmetries in visual space remains poorly understood. Using hyperspectral imaging in the field, in-vivo 2-photon imaging of retinal neurons and anatomy, here we show that larval zebrafish use a highly anisotropic retina to asymmetrically survey their natural visual world. First, different neurons dominate different parts of the eye, and are linked to a systematic shift in inner retinal function: Above the animal, there is little colour in nature and retinal circuits are largely achromatic. Conversely, the lower visual field and horizon are colour-rich and are predominately surveyed by chromatic and colour-opponent circuits that are spectrally matched to the dominant chromatic axes in nature. Second, in the horizontal and lower visual field bipolar cell terminals encoding achromatic and colour opponent visual features are systematically arranged into distinct layers of the inner retina. Third, above the frontal horizon, a high-gain ultraviolet-system piggy-backs onto retinal circuits, likely to support prey-capture.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Neuroscience
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Neuroscience
Depositing User: Thomas Baden
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2018 14:06
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 15:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/76581

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