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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)

Hardcover Published: 31st January 1999
ISBN: 9780792353195
Number Of Pages: 668

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John Lythgoe was one of the pioneers of the 'Ecology of Vision', a subject that he ably delineated in his classic and inspirational book published some 20 years ago [1]. At heart, the original book aimed generally to identify inter-relationships between vision, animal behaviour and the environment. John Lythgoe excelled at identifying the interesting 'questions' in the ecology of an animal that fitted the 'answers' presented by an analysis of the visual system. Over the last twenty years, however, since Lythgoe's landmark publication, much progress has been made and the field has broadened considerably. In particular, our understanding of the 'adaptive mechanisms' underlying the ecology of vision has reached considerable depths, extending to the molecular dimension, partly as a result of development and application of new techniques. This complements the advances made in parallel in clinically oriented vision research [2]. The current book endeavours to review the progress made in the ecology of vision field by bringing together many of the major researchers presently active in the expanded subject area. The contents deal with theoretical and physical considerations of light and photoreception, present examples of visual system structure and function, and delve into aspects of visual behaviour and communi­ cation. Throughout the book, we have tried to emphasise one of the major themes to emerge within the ecology of vision: the high degree of adaptability that visual mechanisms are capable of undergoing in response to diverse, and dynamic, environments and behaviours.

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