Autrum,H.(Eds):Hdbk Sens.Physiology Vol 7

Comparative Physiology and Evolution of Vision in Invertebrates

A: Invertebrate Photoreceptors

Authors: Autrum, H., Bennet, M.F., Diehn, B., Hamdorf, K., Heisenberg, M., Järviletho, M., Kunze, P., Menzel, R., Miller, W.H., Snyder, A.W., Stavenga, D.G., Yoshida, M.

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In the comparative physiology of photoreception by the Protista and the invertebrates two aspects are emphasized: (1) the diversity of visual processes in these groups and (2) their bearing upon general mechanisms of photoreception. Invertebrates have evolved a far greater variety of adaptations than vertebrates­ modifications aiding survival in the remarkably different biotopes they occupy. The number of species in itself suggests this multiformity; each of them has peculiarities of its own, in morphology as well as in physiology and behavior. But these special adaptations are variations on a few great themes. Although the catalogue of invertebrate species is immense, the literature concerning them nearly rivals it in extent-even if one considers only that fraction dealing with visual physiology. Taxonomy proceeds by grouping the species, categorizing them in genera, families, orders, and progressively larger units. Similarly, comparative physiology aims at an analogous, more or less compre­ hensive, classification. This Part A of Volume VII/6, like Part B that follows it, emphasizes the broad questions that concern groups larger than the individual species; in some cases these questions have general applicability. The middle course between approaches that are too specialized and those that are too general is often elusive, but here we attempt to follow it. The vast number of special adaptations-probably, as we have said, as large as the number of species-is beyond the range even of a handbook.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Autrum, H.

    Pages 1-22

  • Photic Responses and Sensory Transduction in Motile Protists

    Diehn, B.

    Pages 23-68

  • Ocular Optical Filtering

    Miller, William H.

    Pages 69-143

  • The Physiology of Invertebrate Visual Pigments

    Hamdorf, K.

    Pages 145-224

  • Physics of Vision in Compound Eyes

    Snyder, Allan W.

    Pages 225-313

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Comparative Physiology and Evolution of Vision in Invertebrates
Book Subtitle
A: Invertebrate Photoreceptors
Authors
Series Title
Autrum,H.(Eds):Hdbk Sens.Physiology Vol 7
Series Volume
7 / 6 / 6 A
Copyright
1979
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag, Berlin · Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-66999-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-66999-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-67001-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 729
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