Untangling the structural and molecular mechanisms underlying colour and rapid colour change in a lizard, Agama atra

Michael Nicolai, Liliana D'Alba, Jonathan Goldenberg, Yannick Gansemans, Filip Van Nieuwerbrugh, Susana Clusella-Trullas & Matthew Shawkey
With functions as diverse as communication, protection and thermoregulation, colouration is one of the most important traits in lizards. The ability to change colour as a function of varying social and environmental conditions is thus an important innovation. While colour change is present in animals ranging from squids, to fish and reptiles, not much is known about the mechanisms behind it. Traditionally, colour change was attributed to migration of pigments, in particular melanin. More recent...
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