Re: [Annelida] inking in alciopids

Маша Плющева via (by pljuscheva from
Tue Mar 3 12:58:56 EST 2009

Hi Misha,

>From zoological point of view up to now the best review on Bioluminescence is still Harvey, 1952. 
HARVEY, E. N., 1952. Bioluminescence. Academic. Press,. New York
According to my observation, in polychaetes bioluminescence is usually connected with fluorescence and those zones that produce bioluminescence usually become fluorescent. I never worked with alcyopids, but in cvase oh Chaetopterus and Mesochaetopterus it seems that there are two sources of fluorescence, epithelial cells and mucus, that produced by worm. And it seems that mucus fluorescence is due to symbiotic bacteria and in epithelial cells due to chemiluminescent-fluorescent proteins.


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