Pigment patterns in adult fish show astonishing diversity, reflecting their likely roles in camouflage, kin- and mate-selection, and display. Adult pigment pattern formation has only been explored extensively in the zebrafish, Danio rerio, and here we summarize the experimental studies that help to define a myriad of cell–cell interactions that result in this pattern. We begin by summarizing zebrafish stripe morphology and the general process whereby the adult pattern forms. We then provide a detailed summary of the genetic, cell biology, and ablation studies that inform our knowledge of the biological bases for stripe formation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPigments, Pigment Cells and Pigment Patterns
EditorsHisashi Hashimoto, Makoto Goda, Ryo Futuhashi, Robert N. Kelsh, Toyoko Akiyama
PublisherSpringer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd
Number of pages46
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-16-1490-3
ISBN (Print)978-981-16-1489-7, 978-981-16-1492-7
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2021


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