Retinal Projections in the Northern Native Cat, Dasyurus-Hallucatus (Marsupialia, Dasyuridae) Academic Article uri icon


  • The retinal projections of the northern native cat, Dasyurus hallucatus, were studied by the anterograde transport of tritiated proline and by autoradiography. Seven regions in the brain were found to receive direct retinal projections: (1) the suprachiasmatic nucleus; (2) the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus; (3) the ventral lateral geniculate nucleus; (4) the lateral posterior nucleus; (5) the nuclei of the accessory optic tract; (6) the pretectal nuclei; (7) the superior colliculus. All nuclei studied received a bilateral retinal projection except the medial terminal nucleus of the accessory optic system, in which only a contralateral input was found. The contralateral eye had a greater input in all cases. As with the related species, Dasyurus viverrinus, there is extensive binocular overlap in the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (LGNd). In the LGNd contralateral to the injected eye, the autoradiographs show four contralateral terminal bands occupying most of the nucleus. The axonal terminations in the ipsilateral LGNd are more diffuse but show a faint lamination pattern of four bands. The ventral portion of the LGNd receives only contralateral retinal input, and therefore probably represents the monocular visual field. The other principal termination of the optic nerve, the superior colliculus, has a predominantly contralateral input to both sublayers of the stratum griseum superficiale. However, the ipsilateral fibres terminate only in patches in the more inferior sublayer.

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  • 1987

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