The relationship between cone pigments and behavioural sensitivity in a new world monkey (Callithrix jacchus jacchus)

M. J. Tovée*, J. K. Bowmaker, J. D. Mollon

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Abstract

Microspectrophotometric measurements of visual pigments and behavioural measurements of spectral sensitivity are reported for individual marmosets from 3 family groups. The sex differences and polymorphism that characterise the long-wave cone pigments in this species are well reflected by variations in the behavioural sensitivities. With one exception, the pattern of inheritance is compatible with a genetic model in which the long-wave pigment is specified by a single polymorphic locus on the X-chromosome. Measurements are also reported for the spectral absorbance of the marmoset lens, and these are used to reconstruct short-wave behavioural sensitivity from the microspectrophotometric measurements of the short-wave cones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-878
Number of pages12
JournalVision Research
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1992
Externally publishedYes

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