Xenopus tadpole melanophores are controlled by dark and light and melatonin without influence of time of day.

@article{Binkley1988XenopusTM,
  title={Xenopus tadpole melanophores are controlled by dark and light and melatonin without influence of time of day.},
  author={Sue Ellen Binkley and Karen Mosher and Frank Rubin and Beatrix H. White},
  journal={Journal of pineal research},
  year={1988},
  volume={5 1},
  pages={87-97}
}
Melanophores were studied in tadpoles of the South African clawed toad, Xenopus laevis, during the first week after hatching (stages 46-49) at 25 degrees C. The tadpoles had melanophores with dispersed melanosomes in the light and punctate melanophores in the dark in LD 12:12. The melanophores remained punctate in constant dark and the melanosomes remained dispersed in constant light. Lights-out (in the light-time of LD 12:12) caused the melanophores to become punctate, which occurred more… CONTINUE READING

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