The Iridescent Cornea of the Sand Goby Pomatoschistus Minutus (Pallas)

  • J. N. Lythgoe
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 1)


Many species of shallow-living marine teleost fishes possess regularly arranged lamellae in their cornea. Each of these lamellae are less than a wavelength of light in thickness and when the eye is illuminated from above but viewed from the side, the cornea shows coloured iridescent reflexions.


Corneal Stroma Clupea Harengus Sand Goby Ventral Direction Beam Attenuation Coefficient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. N. Lythgoe
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  1. 1.MRC Vision UnitUniversity of SussexFalmer, BrightonUK

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