Fish chromatophores—from molecular motors to animal behavior

Sköld, Helen Nilsson, Aspengren, Sara, Cheney, Karen L. and Wallin, Margareta (2016) Fish chromatophores—from molecular motors to animal behavior. International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology, 321 171-219. doi:10.1016/bs.ircmb.2015.09.005


Author Sköld, Helen Nilsson
Aspengren, Sara
Cheney, Karen L.
Wallin, Margareta
Title Fish chromatophores—from molecular motors to animal behavior
Journal name International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1937-6448
ISBN 9780128047071
Publication date 2016-01-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/bs.ircmb.2015.09.005
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 321
Start page 171
End page 219
Total pages 49
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Abstract Chromatophores are pigment-bearing cells of lower vertebrates, including fish that cater for the ability of individual animals to shift body coloration and pattern. Color change provides dynamic camouflage and various kinds of communication. It is also a spectacular example of phenotypic plasticity, and of significant importance for adaptation and survival in novel environments. Through different cellular mechanisms, color change can occur within minutes or more slowly over weeks. Chromatophores have different pigment types and are located not only in the skin, but also in the eyes and internally. While morphological color change, including seasonal color change, has received a lot of interest from evolutionary biologists and behavioral ecologists, the more rapid physiological color change has been largely a research subject for cell physiologists. In this cross-disciplinary review, we have highlighted emerging trends in pigment cell research and identified unsolved problems for future research.
Keyword Melanophore
Erythrophore
Xanthophore
Iridophore
Fish body coloration
Pigments
Fish color change
Phenotypic plasticity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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