biochrome


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nat·u·ral pig·ment

a naturally occurring colored compound; absorbs light in the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Compare: structural color.
Synonym(s): biochrome

biochrome

A generic term for any naturally produced or occurring pigment.
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Biochromes produce the magic--they're the microscopic natural pigments that are produced chemically in the animal's cells.
It was commonly recognized that the red, orange, and yellow coloring in birds, plants, and fish was chemically tied to biochromes, like cartenoids--a class of natural fat-soluble pigments found in plants, algae, and photosynthetic bacteria.
No metal ions were found associated with pocilloporin, thus eliminating it from the group of metal-bearing biochromes such as the colored copper proteins and metal-chelated tetrapyrroles (Fox, 1979).