Reptile Sensory Systems and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

  • W. R. A. Muntz
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 18)


Although some reptiles are secondarily aquatic or amphibious, the group as a whole are true land animals, basically independent of water as an environment. The present day reptiles are also characterised by being poikilothermic (though they may have a limited degree of temperature control by behavioural means). Many reptilian groups in the past were probably homeothermic, but these have either become extinct, as in the case of the dinosaurs, or they have developed further and become birds.


Spectral Sensitivity Visual Pigment Green Turtle Optic Tectum Freshwater Turtle 
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  • W. R. A. Muntz
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of StirlingStirlingScotland

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