Pattern Formation by Coupled Oscillations: The Pigmentation Patterns on the Shells of Molluscs

  • H. Meinhardt
  • M. Klingler
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Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 39)


The diversity and beauty of the pigmentation patterns on the shells of snails and bivalved molluscs invites to construct models to understand their formation. The similarity of patterns in unrelated species on the one hand and the diversity in closely related species on the other encourages the assumption that most of them are generated by a common mechanism.


Random Fluctuation Pigment Production Periodic Pattern Oblique Line Substrate Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Meinhardt
    • 1
  • M. Klingler
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für EntwicklungsbiologieTübingenFed.Rep.of Germany

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