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Origins of Colouration in Invertebrates – Pigment and Structure

Leech, Damien


Damien Leech
Research Associate: CFPR - Woodbury and Lippman Research


Colour/pattern recognition is a common cornerstone of animal identification, however, the processes by which animals actually display colour is incredibly complex. Beyond the simple pigmented systems, that also form the basis of our paints and inks, the natural world commonly utilises sophisticated nanoscale architectures that selectively interact with incoming light and produce colours that glimmer and vary with viewing angle. In this talk, we discuss some of the origins of colouration in invertebrates, the common structures and materials that compose them and why these colours are so striking and often iridescent.

Presentation Conference Type Presentation / Talk
Conference Name Field Studies Council Virtual Meet Ups
Start Date Jun 4, 2020
Deposit Date Jun 3, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jun 4, 2020
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