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Pigmentation pattern formation in butterflies: experiments and models

Nijhout, H. F. and Maini, P. K. and Madzvamuse, A. and Wathen, A. J. and Sekimura, T. (2003) Pigmentation pattern formation in butterflies: experiments and models. C.R. Biologies, 326 (8). pp. 717-727.



Butterfly pigmentation patterns are one of the most spectacular and vivid examples of pattern formation in biology. They have attracted much attention from experimentalists and theoreticians, who have tried to understand the underlying genetic, chemical and physical processes that lead to patterning. In this paper, we present a brief review of this field by first considering the generation of the localised, eyespot, patterns and then the formation of more globally controlled patterns. We present some new results applied to pattern formation on the wing of the mimetic butterfly Papilio dardanus. To cite this article: H.F. Nijhout et al., C. R. Biologies 326 (2003).

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:colour pattern formation; eye spot patterns; butterfly wing; Papilio dardanus; reaction–diffusion; Gierer–Meinhardt; finite elementsformation de motifs de couleur; motifs en forme d'œil; ailes de papillon; Papilio dardanus; réaction–diffusion; Gierer–Meinhardt; éléments finis
Subjects:A - C > Biology and other natural sciences
Research Groups:Centre for Mathematical Biology
ID Code:373
Deposited By: Philip Maini
Deposited On:17 Nov 2006
Last Modified:29 May 2015 18:21

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