Eye development and photoreception of a hemimetabolous insect, gryllus bimaculatus

Hideyo Ohuchi, Tetsuya Bando, Taro Mito, Sumihare Noji

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The hemimetabolous insect, Gryllus bimaculatus, has two compound eyes that begin to form in the embryo and increase in size five- to sixfolds during nymphal development. Retinal stemlike cells reside in the anteroventral proliferation zone (AVPZ) of the nymphal compound eye and proliferate to increase retinal progenitors, which then differentiate to form new ommatidia in the anterior region of the eye. Here, we introduce the morphology and development of the cricket eye first, and then we focus on the roles of retinal determination genes (RDGs) such as eyes absent (eya) and sine oculis (so) in Gryllus eye formation and growth. Since the principal function of the eye is photoreception, we finally summarize opsin photopigments in this species, broadening the roles of photoreception.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cricket as a Model Organism
Subtitle of host publicationDevelopment, Regeneration, and Behavior
PublisherSpringer Japan
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9784431564782
ISBN (Print)9784431564768
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Compound eye
  • Eye development
  • Eyes absent
  • Gryllus bimaculatus
  • Hemimetabolous insect
  • Ocellus
  • Opsin
  • RNA interference
  • Sine oculis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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