Evolution of Visual and Non-visual Pigments

  • David M. Hunt
  • Mark W. Hankins
  • Shaun P Collin
  • N. Justin Marshall

Part of the Springer Series in Vision Research book series (SSVR, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Emi Kawano-Yamashita, Mitsumasa Koyanagi, Akihisa Terakita
    Pages 1-21
  3. Wayne I. L. Davies, Russell G. Foster, Mark W. Hankins
    Pages 23-63
  4. Mark W. Hankins, Wayne I. L. Davies, Russell G. Foster
    Pages 65-103
  5. Thomas W. Cronin, Megan L. Porter
    Pages 105-135
  6. Karen L. Carleton
    Pages 241-267
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 269-276

About this book


Photopigments are molecules that react to light and mediate a number of processes and behaviours in animals. Visual pigments housed within the photoreceptors of the eye, such as the rods and cones in vertebrates are the best known, however, visual pigments are increasingly being found in other tissues, including other retinal cells, the skin and the brain. Other closely related molecules from the G protein family, such as melanopsin mediate light driven processes including circadian rhythmicity and pupil constriction.  This Volume examines the enormous diversity of visual pigments and traces the evolution of these G protein coupled receptors in both invertebrates and vertebrates in the context of the visual and non-visual demands dictated by a species’ ecological niche.


Photopigments colour vision opsins visual ecology visual pigments

Editors and affiliations

  • David M. Hunt
    • 1
  • Mark W. Hankins
    • 2
  • Shaun P Collin
    • 3
  • N. Justin Marshall
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Animal BiologyThe University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  2. 2.Department of OphthalmologyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.School of Animal BiologyThe University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  4. 4.Queensland Brain InstituteThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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