Flatfish (Pleuronectiformes) chromatic biology

Flatfish (Pleuronectiformes) chromatic biology The following aspects of flatfish skin coloration are reviewed. (1) The variety of chromatophores which contribute to the complex integumentary patterns; their relative sizes and numerical distribution. (2) Interspecific variations and intraspecific changes in skin patterns. (3) Ambicolouration and hypomelanosis and their economic consequences. Discussion of nutrition, illumination, stress, endocrine and paracrine factors which may influence both these phenomena, as well as the normal pattern morphology, including putative melanogenesis stimulating and inhibitory factors within the integument. (4) Cryptic responses to substrate texture and colour, as well as to stressors, involving chromatophore morphological and physiological chromatic interaction. (5) Regulation of pattern changes; the simultaneous production by a single neurone type (adrenergic) of both paling and darkening in different pattern areas through variations in “adrenoceptor transition ranges”. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries Springer Journals

Flatfish (Pleuronectiformes) chromatic biology

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Subject
Life Sciences; Zoology ; Freshwater & Marine Ecology
ISSN
0960-3166
eISSN
1573-5184
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11160-009-9119-0
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Abstract

The following aspects of flatfish skin coloration are reviewed. (1) The variety of chromatophores which contribute to the complex integumentary patterns; their relative sizes and numerical distribution. (2) Interspecific variations and intraspecific changes in skin patterns. (3) Ambicolouration and hypomelanosis and their economic consequences. Discussion of nutrition, illumination, stress, endocrine and paracrine factors which may influence both these phenomena, as well as the normal pattern morphology, including putative melanogenesis stimulating and inhibitory factors within the integument. (4) Cryptic responses to substrate texture and colour, as well as to stressors, involving chromatophore morphological and physiological chromatic interaction. (5) Regulation of pattern changes; the simultaneous production by a single neurone type (adrenergic) of both paling and darkening in different pattern areas through variations in “adrenoceptor transition ranges”.

Journal

Reviews in Fish Biology and FisheriesSpringer Journals

Published: May 24, 2009

References

  • Effects of tank color on melanin-concentrating hormone levels in the brain, pituitary gland and plasma of the barfin flounder as revealed by a newly developed time-resolved fluoroimmunoassay
    Amiya, N; Amano, M; Takahashi, A

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