The extracellular ocellar potential was used to evaluate the spectral sensitivity of the ocellus of the barnacle, Balanus amphitrite. Maximum relative sensitivity was at 530–540 nm. Studies with chromatic adapting lights suggest that the receptors contain a single photopigment. The spectra were relatively broader in the dark as compared to the light-adapted state. This effect was shown to be due to an increase in the slope of the amplitude-intensity function, caused by light adaptation. Studies of tapetal fluorescence and corneal transmission indicate little effect of the ocellar media on the determination of sensitivity.

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