2019 AMI Online Salon

Color Change of the Panther Chameleon Furcifur Pardalis

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Kelly Nguyen

  • Membership Type: Student Submission

  • Other Contributors:                         

  • Address: Houston,TX

  • Client: University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Medium/software used: Autodesk Mudbox, Autodesk 3ds Max, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

  • Final presentation format: Poster

  • Primary Audience: Educated lay audience

Project Description

Much of the general public are likely aware of the chameleon’s ability to change its colors, but they may not be aware of exactly how. This poster is intended to educate the lay audience on the specific cells, called S-iridopores, involved the hue-shifting abilities of the panther chameleon, Furcifer pardalis. The poster depicts a male chameleon on the left, whose colors are transitioning in the presence of a female chameleon in the background. The insets show the S-iridopore cells in a relaxed state vs. excited state, allowing the audience to view the differences in structural arrangement between the two. Changes in the structural arrangement of S-iridopores results the reflection of different wavelengths of light, thus allowing chameleons to exhibit a wide range of colors.