Morphological and Physiological Color Change

  • Marie Raabe


The mimicry of insects (their resemblance in shape and color to their background), is often striking, but what is even more striking is the existence of internal mechanisms that enable a given species to adapt to environmental conditions in the course of its life. Color change can be achieved by two entirely different processes: pigment synthesis (morphological color change) or rapid movements of pigment granules within the cells containing them (physiological color change).


Body Color Ventral Nerve Cord Stick Insect Abdominal Ganglion Nerve Ganglion 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marie Raabe
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  1. 1.National Center for Scientific ResearchPierre and Marie Curie UniversityParisFrance

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