Retinogeniculate Patterns in Diprotodont Marsupials Academic Article uri icon


  • The pattern of retinogeniculate connections has been examined in a range of diprotodont marsupials, including wallabies, possums, forest wombat and koala. The lateral geniculate nucleus (LGd) in most species has alternating bands of ipsilateral and contralateral retinal terminal fields, with considerable interspecific variability. The number of terminal bands of retinogeniculate input varies from eight to eleven in most species, with little binocular overlap. By contrast in one species, the feather-tailed glider, the most significant feature of LGd organisation is binocular overlap. No relationship is apparent between LGd organisation and the life-style of the animals.

publication date

  • 1987