leucophore


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leucophore

[′lü·kə‚fȯr]
(histology)
A white reflecting chromatophore.
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4), the octopus showed a relatively large white leucophore patch at the tip of its mantle, which produced a disruptive coloration effect when viewed closely.
Mature chromatophores are often grouped by the color of their reflectance under white light: xanthophores (yellow), erythrophores (red), iridophores (reflective and/or iridescent), leucophores (white), melanophores (black/brown), and cyanophores (blue).
The dermis also contains leucophores (cells which scatter light to produce white colouration [Norman 2000]), and, in the deeper layers, iridophores (cells that reflect light to produce an iridescent hue) (Ruppert and Barnes 1994; Norman 2000).