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Pigmentation of pattern formation in the butterfly wing of Papilio dardanus

By T. Sekimura, A. Madzvamuse, A. J. Wathen and P. K. Maini

Abstract

We investigate pigmentation patterns in the butterfly wing of Papilio Dardanus by numerical simulations of a reaction-diffusion model on a geometrically accurate wing domain. Our results suggest that the wing coloration is due to a simple underlying stripe-like pattern of some pigment-inducing morphogen. In this paper, we present some of our numerical results and discuss the validity of our model by comparing our results with pictures of male and female wing patterns of the butterfly

Topics: Biology and other natural sciences, Numerical analysis
Publisher: Unspecified
Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:generic.eprints.org:1210/core69

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