visual pigments

vis·u·al pig·'ments

the photopigments in the retinal cones and rods that absorb light and initiate the visual process.
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vis·u·al pig·ments

(vizh'yū-ăl pig'mĕnts)
The photopigments in the retinal cones and rods that absorb light and initiate the visual process.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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Science Connections--We know many fish species can see colors because visual pigments in specialized cells (cone cells) in their retinas are stimulated with specific wavelengths (or colors) of visible light.
Two or more types of cones with spectrally different visual pigments (opsin binds to 11-cis retinal) are required to generate color discrimination.
Opsin is the protein component of visual pigment, and its amino acid sequence primarily determines the spectral sensitivity of visual pigments.
This is caused by a mutation in the opsin gene, which is responsible for producing visual pigments for color vision. 
The molecular mechanism that differentiates wavelengths related to color perception in the visual system depends on the presence of specific proteins that form the visual pigments (Trezise & Collin, 2005).
The alevin and fry stages take place in freshwater, and the salmon then migrate to the sea and there is ontogenetic remodeling known as smoltification, which entails shifts in the visual pigments from porphyropsin dominant to rhodopsin dominant.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Many genetic mutations in visual pigments, spread over millions of years, were required for humans to evolve from a primitive mammal with a dim, shadowy view of the world into a greater ape able to see all the colors in a rainbow.
Previous investigation on gecko photoreceptors focused attention largely on the molecular structure of the visual pigments [10,11] and more recently on the structure of other proteins of the phototransductive cascade [12].
Most mammals have two spectral cone types containing either of two visual pigments (opsins), one sensitive to shortwave light (UV/blue opsin), and the other to middle-to-longwave light (green opsin).
The RPE cells perform several functions, including absorption of light, enabling the turnover of photoreceptor outer segments, formation of visual pigments by storing and releasing vitamin A.
clathratus are known to also be active at night, and their scotopic visual pigments are well adapted to low-light conditions (Hobson et al.