Spectral tuning and the visual ecology of mantis shrimps.

@article{Cronin2000SpectralTA,
  title={Spectral tuning and the visual ecology of mantis shrimps.},
  author={Thomas W. Cronin and N. Justin Marshall and Roy L. Caldwell},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2000},
  volume={355 1401},
  pages={
          1263-7
        }
}
  • T. CroninN. MarshallR. Caldwell
  • Published 29 September 2000
  • Biology
  • Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
The compound eyes of mantis shrimps (stomatopod crustaceans) include an unparalleled diversity of visual pigments and spectral receptor classes in retinas of each species. We compared the visual pigment and spectral receptor classes of 12 species of gonodactyloid stomatopods from a variety of photic environments, from intertidal to deep water (> 50 m), to learn how spectral tuning in the different photoreceptor types is modified within different photic environments. Results show that receptors… 

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