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Astaxanthin in Insects and Other Terrestrial Arthropods

Nature volume 162, page 298 (21 August 1948) | Download Citation



IN a very interesting note on the carotenoids of the locust integument, Goodwin and Srisukh1 point out the presence of astaxanthin, besides other carotenoids, in Locusta migratoria and in Schistocerca gregaria. "The demonstration of astaxanthin in locust," they say, "is particularly interesting because, apart from its detection in the retina and eye colourings of birds, this is the first time it has been reported in land animals".

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  1. 1.

    Nature, 161, 525 (1948).

  2. 2.

    Helv. Chim. Acta, 22 (1939).

  3. 3.

    R. Accad. Naz. Lincei (in the press).

  4. 4.

    , "Carotenoids and Related Pigments" (New York, 1922).

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