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dc.contributor.authorCronin, Thomas W.
dc.contributor.authorMarshall, N. Justin
dc.contributor.authorCaldwell, Roy L.
dc.description.abstractThe 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 of the peripheral photoreceptors, those outside the midband which are responsible for standard visual tasks such as spatial vision and motion detection, reveal the well-known pattern of decreasing lambdamax with increasing depth. Receptors of midband rows 5 and 6, which are specialized for polarization vision, are similar in all species, having visual lambdamax-values near 500nm, independent of depth. Finally, the spectral receptors of midband rows 1 to 4 are tuned for maximum coverage of the spectrum of irradiance available in the habitat of each species. The quality of the visual worlds experienced by each species we studied must vary considerably, but all appear to exploit the full capabilities offered by their complex visual systems.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work is based on research supported by the National Science Foundation under grant nos BNS-8917183, IBN-9413357 and IBN-974028.en_US
dc.format.extent5 pagesen_US
dc.genrejournal articlesen_US
dc.identifier.citationThomas W. Cronin , N. Justin Marshall and Roy L. Caldwell, Spectral tuning and the visual ecology of mantis shrimps, Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2000 Sep 29; 355(1401): 1263–1267, DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2000.0680en_US
dc.publisherThe Royal Societyen_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtThe University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
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dc.subjectvisual ecologyen_US
dc.subjectvisual pigmenten_US
dc.subjectspectral sensitivityen_US
dc.titleSpectral tuning and the visual ecology of mantis shrimpsen_US

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