melanophore


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mel·a·no·phore

(mel'ă-nō-fōr'),
A dermal pigment cell that does not secrete its pigment granules but participates in rapid color changes by intracellular aggregation and dispersal of melanosomes; it is well developed in fish, amphibians, and reptiles, but absent in humans.
[melano- + G. phoros, bearing]

melanophore

/mel·a·no·phore/ (-for″) a pigment cell containing melanin, especially such a cell in fishes, amphibians, and reptiles.

melanophore

(mĕl′ə-nə-fôr′, mə-lăn′ə-)
n.
A brown or black melanin-containing chromatophore found in the skin of a fish, amphibian, or reptile.

melanophore

A melanocyte that contains eumelanin, found in lower animals, which has contractile properties that cause the translocation of melanosomes, resulting in rapid adaptive changes in colouration.

mel·a·no·phore

(mel'ă-nō-fōr')
A dermal pigment cell that does not secrete its pigment granules but participates in rapid color changes by intracellular aggregation and dispersal of melanosomes; it is well developed in fish, amphibians, and reptiles, but absent in humans.
[melano- + G. phoros, bearing]

melanophore

or

melanocyte

a type of pigment cell (or CHROMATOPHORE) that contains the pigment melanin, usually found in the skin of animals. It has a protective or camouflage function.

melanophore

a pigment cell containing melanin, especially such a cell from fish, amphibians and reptiles.
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Only the presence of medial predorsal pigment prior to transformation, stellate melanophores at the pelvic fin base, and the size at transformation were useful characters in distinguishing the two species.
bairdi larvae from Belize, which may have melanophores along the lateral midline and a few blotches associated with the dorsal-fin base but lack melanophores along the anal-fin base.
They are generally characterized by their lack of head or fin spines; elongate body; long straight gut; extended lower jaw; a main pigmentation pattern consisting of rows of melanophores on the dorsal, lateral, and ventral surfaces of the body; and advanced state of development at hatching (Collette et al.
Accurate identification of Thunnus larvae requires an extensive knowledge of individual, growth-associated, and geographic variations in melanophore and erythrophore patterns.
aurorubens in northcentral GOM waters by the presence of the avm melanophore.
helvomaculatus ([greater than or equal to] 1 melanophore on the caudal peduncle to at least 8.
The recombinant protein produced was quantified using a BCA protein assay kit (Pierce, Rockford, IL) and tested for bioactivity by using a pigment aggregation assay in tilapia melanophores.
Transformation of amphibian irido-phores into melanophores in clonal culture.
The response of melanophores in normal and hypophysectomized frogs to varying concentrations of pituitrin.
The number of melanophores over the gut increased with development.
Mississippi Silversides also have a much finer and reticulated melanophore pattern on dorsolateral scales consisting of a single row of finely divided melanophores bordering each scale in contrast to several rows of darker concentrated cells in the native species.