Sensory adaptation: Tunable colour vision in a mantis shrimp

@article{Cronin2001SensoryAT,
  title={Sensory adaptation: Tunable colour vision in a mantis shrimp},
  author={Thomas W. Cronin and Roy L. Caldwell and Justin N. Marshall},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2001},
  volume={411},
  pages={547-548}
}
Systems of colour vision are normally identical in all members of a species, but a single design may not be adequate for species living in a diverse range of light environments. Here we show that in the mantis shrimp Haptosquilla trispinosa, which occupies a range of depths in the ocean, long-wavelength colour receptors are individually tuned to the local light environment. The spectral sensitivity of specific classes of photoreceptor is adjusted by filters that vary between individuals. 

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