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Almost all living things on earth show photosensitivity of one sort or another. The photosensitivity may be for harnessing solar energy, as in plants or bacteria, for detecting prey or predator, as in most animals, or simply for tracking the light/dark cycle imposed by the movement of the sun. This article describes only photoreceptor cells found in vertebrates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Biological Chemistry
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780123786319
ISBN (Print)9780123786302
StatePublished - Feb 15 2013


  • Cone
  • Deep-brain photoreceptor
  • Ganglion cell
  • Melanopsin
  • Parietal eye
  • Photoreceptors
  • Phototransduction
  • Pineal
  • Retina
  • Rod

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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