Bioluminescence maintenance in juvenile Porichthys notatus

A. F. Mensinger, J. F. Case

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Bioluminescence in the midshipman fish, from the Santa Barbara coastal region, was quantified from onset through the first 2 yr of life. Maximum light emission was 2.5 × 109 photons s-1 upon leaving the nest and reached 2.0 × 1010 photons s-1 within the first year. These intensities may be sufficient for counterillumination in moon or starlight over most of the depth range of the fish. Juveniles require exogenous luciferin to remain luminescent. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-188
Number of pages8
JournalBiological Bulletin
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1991


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