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Microspectrophotometric determinations of rod visual pigments in some adult and larval Australian amphibians

  • J. C. Partridge (a1), P. Speare (a2), J. Shand (a2) (a3), W. R. A. Muntz (a4) and D. McB. Williams (a2)...

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Visual pigments from the red rods of adults of eight species of Australian anuran amphibians, from a variety of habitats, were analyzed by microspectrophotometry. The λmax in all cases fell between 502 nm and 506 nm, and the absorption spectra were well fitted by an A1-based visual pigment template curve. Red rod pigments were also analyzed for a number of tadpoles. In some cases the data were best fitted with an A1based visual pigment template, in other cases with an A2-based template, and finally some tadpoles appeared to have mixtures of the two pigments.

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Microspectrophotometric determinations of rod visual pigments in some adult and larval Australian amphibians

  • J. C. Partridge (a1), P. Speare (a2), J. Shand (a2) (a3), W. R. A. Muntz (a4) and D. McB. Williams (a2)...

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