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The phylogenetic distribution of ultraviolet sensitivity in birds

Anders Ödeen1* and Olle Håstad2

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1 Department of Animal Ecology, Uppsala University, Norbyvägen 18D, Uppsala, S-752 36, Sweden

2 Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, P.O. Box 7011, Uppsala, S-750 07, Sweden

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BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013, 13:36  doi:10.1186/1471-2148-13-36

A correction for this article has been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:62. This can be found at

Published: 11 February 2013

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Table with type of SWS1 single cones (VS or UVS) interpreted from avian opsin amino acid (aa) sequences. Bold letters mark spectral tuning amino acid positions 86, 90 and 93. Amino acid residues without a known spectral tuning effect are noted. Number of birds sequenced is indicated after species names. *See note below table.

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