A different form of color vision in mantis shrimp

Thoen, Hanne H., How, Martin J., Chiou, Tsyr-Huei and Marshall, Justin (2014) A different form of color vision in mantis shrimp. Science, 343 6169: 411-413. doi:10.1126/science.1245824

Author Thoen, Hanne H.
How, Martin J.
Chiou, Tsyr-Huei
Marshall, Justin
Title A different form of color vision in mantis shrimp
Journal name Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0036-8075
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1126/science.1245824
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 343
Issue 6169
Start page 411
End page 413
Total pages 3
Place of publication Washington, DC United States
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Language eng
Subject 1000 General
1207 History and Philosophy of Science
Formatted abstract
 One of the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom can be found in species of stomatopod crustaceans (mantis shrimp), some of which have 12 different photoreceptor types, each sampling a narrow set of wavelengths ranging from deep ultraviolet to far red (300 to 720 nanometers) (1–3). Functionally, this chromatic complexity has presented a mystery (3–5). Why use 12 color channels when three or four are sufficient for fine color discrimination? Behavioral wavelength discrimination tests (Δλ functions) in stomatopods revealed a surprisingly poor performance, ruling out color vision that makes use of the conventional color-opponent coding system (6–8). Instead, our experiments suggest that stomatopods use a previously unknown color vision system based on temporal signaling combined with scanning eye movements, enabling a type of color recognition rather than discrimination.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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