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Front. Ecol. Evol. | doi: 10.3389/fevo.2019.00321

The evolution of amphibian photoreception.

  • 1Natural History Museum, United Kingdom
  • 2Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • 3Oceans Graduate School, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • 4School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • 5Lions Eye Institute, Australia

There have been a growing number of studies into the visual evolution of vertebrates. However, there remain few detailed integrative studies on the visual system of amphibians using morphological, molecular and physiological methods outside of a few model species. There are many examples of amphibian species that are closely related phylogenetically, but occupy vastly different ecological niches and so provide a substantial resource for the study of adaptive evolution. This review will examine the published literature on the three living orders of amphibians, the Anurans, Caudata and Gymnophiona.

Keywords: evolution, amphibian, Visual ecology, eyes, visual pigment, Lissamphibia

Received: 24 Feb 2019; Accepted: 08 Aug 2019.

Edited by:

Chuan-Chin Chiao, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Reviewed by:

Karen Carleton, University of Maryland, College Park, United States
Cristiano Bertolucci, University of Ferrara, Italy  

Copyright: © 2019 Mohun and Davies. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Samantha M. Mohun, Natural History Museum, London, SW7 5BD, Westminster, United Kingdom, sammohun@hotmail.com