Erratum: Temporal and spatial patterns of opsin gene expression in the zebrafish (Danio rerio): corrections with additions

Vis Neurosci. May-Jun 1999;16(3):601-5. doi: 10.1017/s0952523899163181.


We report here a reexamination of the developmental expression of cone opsins in the zebrafish retina. The red- and blue-sensitive opsins appear at 51 h postfertilization (hpf) whereas ultraviolet (UV) opsin is not seen until after 55 hpf. More cells show red cone opsin expression than blue at 51 and 55 hpf, indicating the sequence of cone opsin expression in zebrafish is first red, then blue, and finally UV. Curiously, morphological development of the cones is in reverse order; UV cones appear quite mature by day 6-7 postfertilization (pf), but morphologically, red cones do not appear adult-like until 15-20 days pf.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Embryonic Development
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental / physiology*
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Retina / metabolism*
  • Retinal Cone Photoreceptor Cells / metabolism
  • Rhodopsin / genetics
  • Rod Opsins / genetics*
  • Zebrafish / embryology
  • Zebrafish / genetics*


  • Rod Opsins
  • Rhodopsin

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AF104903
  • GENBANK/AF104904
  • GENBANK/AF105152