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dc.contributor.authorBok, Michael J.
dc.contributor.authorPorter, Megan L.
dc.contributor.authorPlace, Allen R.
dc.contributor.authorCronin, Thomas W.
dc.description.abstractStomatopod crustaceans, or mantis shrimp, are renowned for their complex visual systems. Their array of 16 types of photoreceptors provides complex color reception, as well as linear and circular polarization sensitivity. The least-understood components of their retina are the UV receptors, of which there are up to six distinct, narrowly tuned spectral types . Here we show that in the stomatopod species Neogonodactylus oerstedii, this set of receptors is based on only two visual pigments. Surprisingly, five of the six UV receptor types contain the same visual pigment. The various UV receptors are spectrally tuned by a novel set of four short- and long-pass UV-specific optical filters in the overlying crystalline cones. These filters are composed of various mycosporine-like amino acid (MAA) pigments. Commonly referred to as “nature’s sunscreens,” MAAs are usually employed for UV photoprotection , but mantis shrimp uniquely incorporate them into powerful spectral tuning filters, extending and diversifying their preeminently elaborate photoreceptive arsenal.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was supported by funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (FA9550-12-1-0321). This is contribution num- ber 4910 of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and 14-127 of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology.en_US
dc.format.extent7 pagesen_US
dc.genrejournal articlesen_US
dc.identifier.citationMichael J. Bok,, Biological Sunscreens Tune Polychromatic Ultraviolet Vision in Mantis Shrimp, Current Biology, Volume 24, Issue 14, 21 July 2014, Pages 1636-1642,
dc.publisherElsevier B.V.en_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtThe University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
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dc.subjectStomatopod crustaceansen_US
dc.subjectmantis shrimpen_US
dc.subjectNeogonodactylus oerstediien_US
dc.subjectmycosporine-like amino acid (MAA)en_US
dc.titleBiological Sunscreens Tune Polychromatic Ultraviolet Vision in Mantis Shrimpen_US

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