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Adaptive Mechanisms in the Ecology of Vision - S.N. Archer

Adaptive Mechanisms in the Ecology of Vision

By: S.N. Archer (Editor), M.B.A. Djamgoz (Editor), E. Loew (Editor), S. Vallerga (Editor)


Published: 31st January 1999
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This study relates the functioning of the visual system with the visual requirements demanded by the environment and behaviour of the animal in it. The book represents a review of the wealth of research that has been carried out in recent years. It deals with theoretical and physical considerations of light and photoreception, practical examples of visual system structure and function and aspects of visual behaviour and communication. Importantly, the book emphasizes one of the main themes to have emerged from studies of the ecology of vision: that the visual system is extremely adaptable when confronted with changing environmental and behavioural conditions. This updated review represents the work of leading experts working in the field of visual ecology, a requirement that reflects the high level of research activity. The book approaches the visual system from many different areas of biology including neurobiology, sensory biology, cellular biology and behavioural biology. Consequently, the book should be of interest to workers both within and outside the field of vision research and also to undergraduate and graduate students interested in vision.

Light and Photoreception
Physical principlesp. 3
Visual pigments and photoreceptionp. 25
Introductionp. 45
Compound eye structure: matching eye to environmentp. 51
Vertebrate optical structurep. 73
A review of vertebrate and invertebrate optical filtersp. 95
Vertebrate photoreceptorsp. 163
The extraretinal photoreceptors of non-mammalian vertebratesp. 197
The regulation of vertebrate biological clocks by lightp. 223
Introductionp. 247
Adaptation of visual pigments to the aquatic environmentp. 251
Visual adaptations in crustaceans: spectral sensitivity in diverse habitatsp. 285
Functional organization of the outer retina in aquatic and terrestrial vertebrates: comparative aspects and possible significance to the ecology of visionp. 329
Inner retinal signal processing: adaptation to environmental lightp. 383
Ecological aspects of vertebrate visual ontogenyp. 413
Molecular biology of photoreceptor spectral sensitivityp. 439
Introductionp. 465
Visual systems, behaviour and environment in cephalopodsp. 467
Optical structure and visual fields in birds: their relationship with foraging behaviour and ecologyp. 485
Behavioural ecology and retinal cell topographyp. 509
Flower advertisement for insects: Bees, a case studyp. 537
Bioluminescencep. 555
The behavior of animals around twilight with emphasis on coral reef communitiesp. 583
Vision and behavior in primatesp. 629
Indexp. 651
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ISBN: 9780792353195
ISBN-10: 0792353196
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 668
Published: 31st January 1999
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.15  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 1.2