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CONSTRUCTION OF THE PIGMENT SHIELD OF THE CRUSTACEAN COMPOUND EYE: A REVIEW

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ABSTRACT This review attempts to bring together literature spanning one hundred years relating to the pigment shield of crustacean ommatidia. A consistent terminology of the pigment cells is suggested based on their positions in and around the ommatidia. Six different types are recognized: retinular, cone, distal, proximal, interommatidial, and basal pigments. The evolution of a pigment shield is described as three levels of complexity. An analysis of the available descriptions of crustacean pigment shields reveals many varying routes of evolution passing these levels. It is concluded that the crustacean pigment shield is a highly variable structure sensitive to functional demands and less bound to kinship.

10.1163/193724089X00322
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2017-07-24

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