Polarized Light and Polarization Vision in Animal Sciences

  • Gábor Horváth

Part of the Springer Series in Vision Research book series (SSVR, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Polarization Vision in Animals and Humans

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rüdiger Wehner
      Pages 3-25
    3. Jochen Zeil, Willi A. Ribi, Ajay Narendra
      Pages 41-60
    4. Gábor Horváth, Zoltán Csabai
      Pages 113-145
    5. Gábor Horváth, Miklós Blahó, Ádám Egri, Ramón Hegedüs, Győző Szél
      Pages 147-170
    6. Justin Marshall, Thomas Cronin
      Pages 171-216
    7. Nadav Shashar
      Pages 217-224
    8. Nicholas William Roberts
      Pages 225-247
    9. Victor Benno Meyer-Rochow
      Pages 249-263
    10. Victor Benno Meyer-Rochow
      Pages 265-274
    11. Susanne Åkesson
      Pages 275-292
    12. Gábor Horváth, Ramón Hegedüs
      Pages 293-302
    13. Juliette McGregor, Shelby Temple, Gábor Horváth
      Pages 303-315
  3. Polarized Light in Nature with Implications to Animal Polarization Vision

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. Gábor Horváth, András Barta, Ramón Hegedüs
      Pages 367-406
    3. Justin Marshall, Nicholas Roberts, Thomas Cronin
      Pages 407-442
    4. Gábor Horváth, György Kriska, Bruce Robertson
      Pages 443-513
  4. Practical Applications of Polarization Vision and Polarization Patterns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 515-515
    2. Gábor Horváth, Miklós Blahó, Ádám Egri, Amit Lerner
      Pages 561-584
    3. András Barta, Bence Suhai, Gábor Horváth
      Pages 585-602
    4. Gábor Horváth, Alexandra Farkas, Balázs Bernáth
      Pages 603-635
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 637-649

About this book


This book covers advances made since the 2004 Springer volume “Polarized Light in Animal Vision” edited by Horvath and Varju, but also provides reviews and synopses of some areas. Part I examines polarization sensitivity across many animal taxa including vertebrates and invertebrates and details both terrestrial and aquatic life. Part II is devoted to the description of polarized light in nature and explores how the physics of light must be taken into account when understanding how polarized light is detected by the visual system. This includes underwater polarization due to scattering; polarization patterns reflected from freshwater bodies; polarization characteristics of forest canopies; normal and anomalous polarization patterns of the skies; skylight polarization transmitted through Snell’s window and both linearly and circularly polarized signals produced by terrestrial and aquatic animals. This Part also examines polarized “light pollution” induced by anthropogenic factors such as reflection off asphalt surfaces, glass panes, car bodies, and other man-made structures that are now known to form ecological traps for polarotactic insects. Part III surveys some of the practical applications of polarization vision including polarization-based traps for biting insects, ground-based polarimetric cloud detectors and an historical examination of the navigational abilities of Viking seafarers using the sky polarization compass. The deterrent qualities of ungulate pelage to polarization-sensitive biting insects is also examined in this section.


Animal orientation Color vision Optical environment Polarization patterns

Editors and affiliations

  • Gábor Horváth
    • 1
  1. 1.Environmental Optics Laboratory, Dept. Biological PhysicsEötvös UniversityBudapestHungary

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