A Different Form of Color Vision in Mantis Shrimp

  title={A Different Form of Color Vision in Mantis Shrimp},
  author={Hanne Halkinrud Thoen and Martin J. How and Tsyr-Huei Chiou and Justin N. Marshall},
  pages={411 - 413}
One of the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom can be found in species of stomatopod crustaceans (mantis shrimp), some of which have 12 different photoreceptor types, each sampling a narrow set of wavelengths ranging from deep ultraviolet to far red (300 to 720 nanometers) (1–3). Functionally, this chromatic complexity has presented a mystery (3–5). Why use 12 color channels when three or four are sufficient for fine color discrimination? Behavioral wavelength discrimination tests… 

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