Adaptive Mechanisms in the Ecology of Vision / Edition 1

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This book represents a timely and much needed review of the wealth of research that has been carried out in the last twenty years. It deals with theoretical and physical considerations of light and photorecepti on, practical examples of visual system structure and function and asp ects of visual behaviour and communication. Importantly, the book emph asises one of the main themes to have emerged from studies of the ecol ogy of vision: that the visual system is extremely adaptable when conf ronted with changing environmental and behavioural conditions. Finally , this updated review is a multi-author collection of leading experts currently working in the field of visual ecology, a requirement that r eflects the high level of current research activity.

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Summarizes and synthesizes the status and understanding of the ecology of vision 20 years after it was founded as the study of visual systems by relating their function to the visual requirements demanded by the environment and behavior of the animal using the system. Addresses such areas as theoretical and physical considerations of light and photoreception, practical examples of visual system structure and function, and aspects of visual behavior and communication. Emphasizes the major theme that has emerged in the field that the visual system is extremely adaptable when confronted with changing environmental and behavioral conditions. Among the specific topics are the regulation of vertebrate biological clocks by light, the molecular biology of photoreceptor spectral sensitivity, and bioluminescence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792353195
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 1/31/1999
  • Edition description: 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 1.56 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Light and Photoreception
a Physical principles 3
b Visual pigments and photoreception 25
Introduction 45
2 Compound eye structure: matching eye to environment 51
3 Vertebrate optical structure 73
4 A review of vertebrate and invertebrate optical filters 95
5 Vertebrate photoreceptors 163
6 The extraretinal photoreceptors of non-mammalian vertebrates 197
7 The regulation of vertebrate biological clocks by light 223
Introduction 247
8 Adaptation of visual pigments to the aquatic environment 251
9 Visual adaptations in crustaceans: spectral sensitivity in diverse habitats 285
10 Functional organization of the outer retina in aquatic and terrestrial vertebrates: comparative aspects and possible significance to the ecology of vision 329
11 Inner retinal signal processing: adaptation to environmental light 383
12 Ecological aspects of vertebrate visual ontogeny 413
13 Molecular biology of photoreceptor spectral sensitivity 439
Introduction 465
14 Visual systems, behaviour and environment in cephalopods 467
15 Optical structure and visual fields in birds: their relationship with foraging behaviour and ecology 485
16 Behavioural ecology and retinal cell topography 509
17 Flower advertisement for insects: Bees, a case study 537
18 Bioluminescence 555
19 The behavior of animals around twilight with emphasis on coral reef communities 583
20 Vision and behavior in primates 629
Index 651
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