Colour vision in marine organisms

Marshall, Justin, Carleton, Karen L and Cronin, Thomas (2015) Colour vision in marine organisms. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 34 86-94. doi:10.1016/j.conb.2015.02.002

Author Marshall, Justin
Carleton, Karen L
Cronin, Thomas
Title Colour vision in marine organisms
Journal name Current Opinion in Neurobiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-6882
Publication date 2015-10
Year available 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.conb.2015.02.002
Open Access Status
Volume 34
Start page 86
End page 94
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Colour vision in the marine environment is on average simpler than in terrestrial environments with simple or no colour vision through monochromacy or dichromacy. Monochromacy is found in marine mammals and elasmobranchs, including whales and sharks, but not some rays. Conversely, there is also a greater diversity of colour vision in the ocean than on land, examples being the polyspectral stomatopods and the many colour vision solutions found among reef fish. Recent advances in sequencing reveal more opsin (visual pigment) types than functionally useful at any one time. This diversity arises through opsin duplication and conversion. Such mechanisms allow pick-and-mix adaptation that tunes colour vision on a variety of very short non-evolutionary timescales. At least some of the diversity in marine colour vision is best explained as unconventional colour vision or as neutral drift.
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Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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