Table 1

Cone pigment subsets exhibited by the cichlid species examined

Subset

Individuals

Visual pigment

Cones

Frequency (%)


SWS1

SWS2b

SWS2a

RH2b

RH2a

LWS


M. zebra

1

3

382 ± 1

427

492 ± 2

537 ± 3

4

27.3

2

8

380 ± 4

460 ± 2

490 ± 4

535 ± 7

4

72.7


M. auratus

3

4

374

424

485

525

561

5

36.4

4

1

380

463

494

543

4

9.1

5

1

429

497

547

3

9.1

6

1

374

457

485

525

561

5

9.1

7

1

424

457

485

526

562

5

9.1

8

2

424

485

525

561

4

18.2

9

1

457

485

525

561

4

9.1


P. taeniolatus

6

3

379 ± 1

457

488 ± 3

530 ± 2

567 ± 8

5

25.0

7

5

428

457

489 ± 2

532 ± 2

574 ± 3

5

41.7

9

2

428

457

487 ± 1

567 ± 6

4

16.7

10

1

428

457

494

571

4

8.3

11

1

428

457

529

571

4

8.3


In total, 11 different subsets of cone pigments were identified across the species studied. The number of individuals that exhibited each pigment subset, the number of cone classes included in each subset and the frequency of each cone pigment subset per species are indicated. The λmax (nm) values of cone pigments that comprised each subset are given (means ± SD).

Sabbah et al. BMC Biology 2010 8:133   doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-133

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