Dynamic Skin Patterns in Cephalopods.
Martin J How, Mark D Norman, Julian Finn, Wen-Sung Chung, N Justin Marshall
Frontiers in Physiology | Published : 2017
Cephalopods are unrivaled in the natural world in their ability to alter their visual appearance. These mollusks have evolved a complex system of dermal units under neural, hormonal, and muscular control to produce an astonishing variety of body patterns. With parallels to the pixels on a television screen, cephalopod chromatophores can be coordinated to produce dramatic, dynamic, and rhythmic displays, defined collectively here as "dynamic patterns." This study examines the nature, context, and potential functions of dynamic patterns across diverse cephalopod taxa. Examples are presented for 21 species, including 11 previously unreported in the scientific literature. These range from simple..View full abstract