Light for All Reasons: Versatility in the Behavioral Repertoire of the Flashlight Fish

@article{Morin1975LightFA,
  title={Light for All Reasons: Versatility in the Behavioral Repertoire of the Flashlight Fish},
  author={James G. Morin and Anne Harrington and Kenneth H. Nealson and Neil Reese Krieger and Thomas O. Baldwin and John Woodland Hastings},
  journal={Science},
  year={1975},
  volume={190},
  pages={74 - 76}
}
The flashlight fish, Photoblepharon, possesses headlight-like luminous organs situated in the orbit just below the eyes. On the basis ofdirectfield and laboratory studies, it is postulated that the bioluminescence is used by the fish for many different functions: to assist in obtaining prey, to deter or escape predators, and for intraspecific communication. Thefish also uses its light to see by. A biologically generated light may be used by an organism in different specific ways for several… Expand
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