Problems of Seeing Colours under Water

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


It is probably impossible to think about the perception of colour by fishes without being influenced by our own colour sense, Up to a point this can be helpful since fish visual pigments are not very different from our own. However, our habits of thought about colour perception, and indeed our language itself, have been moulded by our experience on land. This can be misleading when we consider human underwater vision and probably much more so where fishes are concerned.


Ambient Light Visual Pigment Spectral Radiance Weber Fraction Blue Water 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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