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Comparative Physiology and Evolution of Vision in Invertebrates

A: Invertebrate Photoreceptors

  • H. Autrum
  • M. F. Bennett
  • B. Diehn
  • K. Hamdorf
  • M. Heisenberg
  • M. Järvilehto
  • P. Kunze
  • R. Menzel
  • W. H. Miller
  • A. W. Snyder
  • D. G. Stavenga
  • M. Yoshida
  • H. Autrum

Part of the Handbook of Sensory Physiology book series (SENSORY, volume 7 / 6 / 6 A)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. H. Autrum
    Pages 1-22
  3. William H. Miller
    Pages 69-143
  4. Allan W. Snyder
    Pages 225-313
  5. Doekele G. Stavenga
    Pages 357-439
  6. Peter Kunze
    Pages 441-502
  7. M. Yoshida
    Pages 581-640
  8. Miriam F. Bennett
    Pages 641-663
  9. Martin Heisenberg
    Pages 665-679
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 681-733

About this book

Introduction

In the comparative physiology of photoreception by the Protista and the invertebrates two aspects are emphasized: (1) the diversity of visual processes in these groups and (2) their bearing upon general mechanisms of photoreception. Invertebrates have evolved a far greater variety of adaptations than vertebrates­ modifications aiding survival in the remarkably different biotopes they occupy. The number of species in itself suggests this multiformity; each of them has peculiarities of its own, in morphology as well as in physiology and behavior. But these special adaptations are variations on a few great themes. Although the catalogue of invertebrate species is immense, the literature concerning them nearly rivals it in extent-even if one considers only that fraction dealing with visual physiology. Taxonomy proceeds by grouping the species, categorizing them in genera, families, orders, and progressively larger units. Similarly, comparative physiology aims at an analogous, more or less compre­ hensive, classification. This Part A of Volume VII/6, like Part B that follows it, emphasizes the broad questions that concern groups larger than the individual species; in some cases these questions have general applicability. The middle course between approaches that are too specialized and those that are too general is often elusive, but here we attempt to follow it. The vast number of special adaptations-probably, as we have said, as large as the number of species-is beyond the range even of a handbook.

Keywords

Photorezeptor adaptation evolution invertebrates physiology

Authors and affiliations

  • H. Autrum
    • 1
  • M. F. Bennett
    • 2
  • B. Diehn
    • 3
  • K. Hamdorf
    • 4
  • M. Heisenberg
    • 5
  • M. Järvilehto
    • 6
  • P. Kunze
    • 7
  • R. Menzel
    • 8
  • W. H. Miller
    • 9
  • A. W. Snyder
    • 10
  • D. G. Stavenga
    • 11
  • M. Yoshida
    • 12
  1. 1.Zoologisches Institut der UniversitätMünchenGermany
  2. 2.Department of BiologyColby CollegeWatervilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryUniversity of ToledoToledoUSA
  4. 4.Tierphysiologisches Institut der Ruhr-Universität463 Bochum-QuerenburgGermany
  5. 5.Institut für Genetik und Mikrobiologie der UniversitätWürzburgGermany
  6. 6.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of OuluOulu 22Finland
  7. 7.Biologisches Institut der UniversitätStuttgart 60Germany
  8. 8.Institut für TierphysiologieFreie Universität FB 2Berlin 41Germany
  9. 9.Department of Ophthalmology and Visual ScienceYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  10. 10.The Institute of Advanced Studies, Research Schools of Biological and Physical SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  11. 11.Department of Physics, Laboratorium voor Algememe Natuur-kundeRijksuniversiteit GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  12. 12.Tamano Marine LaboratoryTamano, OkyamaJapan

Editors and affiliations

  • H. Autrum
    • 1
  1. 1.Zoologisches Institut der UniversitätMünchenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-66999-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-67001-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-66999-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0072-9906
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