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Bioluminescent and red-fluorescent lures in a deep-sea siphonophore.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16002609     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Bioluminescence (light production) and fluorescence (re-emission of absorbed radiation as light) are found in an unaccountably diverse array of marine organisms, where their functions are largely unknown. Here we report a deep-sea siphonophore that twitches glowing lures to attract fish. This is rare evidence of bioluminescence used for prey attraction among nonvisual marine organisms. The lures also contain red fluorescent material that shifts the wavelength of emitted light. The existence of a red-luminescent invertebrate suggests that long-wavelength light plays a greater role in marine interactions than previously suspected.
Steven H D Haddock; Casey W Dunn; Philip R Pugh; Christine E Schnitzler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Science (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  309     ISSN:  1095-9203     ISO Abbreviation:  Science     Publication Date:  2005 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-08     Completed Date:  2005-07-21     Revised Date:  2007-03-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404511     Medline TA:  Science     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  263     Citation Subset:  IM    
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, 7700 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing, CA 95039, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Calcium / physiology
Feeding Behavior
Hydrozoa / anatomy & histology,  physiology*
Predatory Behavior
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