Photopigment spectral absorbance of Lake Malaŵi cichlids

R. Jordan, K. Kellogg, D. Howe, F. Juanes, J. Stauffer, E. Loew

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To predict spectral sensitivity, microspectrophotometry (MSP) was used to measure absorbance of photoreceptor cells from 15 species of Lake Malaŵi cichlids. Each fish had one rod and at least three cone pigments. UV-sensitive pigments were common, but spectral sensitivity did not clearly correlate with feeding mode or habitat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1291-1299
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science


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