The colorful visual world of butterflies

Frentiu, F. D. (2010). The colorful visual world of butterflies. In Darlene A. Dartt, Joseph Besharse and Reza Dana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Eye (pp. 326-333) Oxford, U.K.: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-374203-2.00163-9

Author Frentiu, F. D.
Title of chapter The colorful visual world of butterflies
Title of book Encyclopedia of the Eye
Place of Publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Academic Press
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-374203-2.00163-9
ISBN 9780123741998
Editor Darlene A. Dartt
Joseph Besharse
Reza Dana
Volume number 1
Start page 326
End page 333
Total pages 8
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Butterflies have long inspired evolutionary biologists with the striking diversity of their wing colors. A more recent surprising finding has been the remarkable diversity of their color vision systems. Butterfly photoreceptors, unlike those of bees and moths, have diversified extensively through processes such as opsin gene duplications, positive selection on single opsin loci, and heterogeneous expression of filtering pigments. Further, lineage-specific opsin duplications and expression of filtering pigments have facilitated the evolution of sexually dimorphic butterfly eyes. Although the molecular basis of visual system diversification is relatively well understood, its ecological and evolutionary significance remains to be elucidated.
Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Butterfly
Color vision
Filtering pigments
Gene duplication
Positive selection
Sexual dimorphism
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 20 April 2010. Four volume reference guide: v. 1. A-C -- v. 2. D-L -- v. 3. M-P -- v. 4 R-Z.

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