Far Red Bioluminescence from Two Deep-Sea Fishes

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Science  03 Aug 1984:
Vol. 225, Issue 4661, pp. 512-514
DOI: 10.1126/science.225.4661.512


Spectral measurements of red bioluminescence were obtained from the deep-sea stomiatoid fishes Aristostomias scintillans (Gilbert) and Malacosteus niger (Ayres). Red luminescence from suborbital light organs extends to the near infrared, with peak emission at approximately 705 nanometers in the far red. These fishes also have postorbital light organs that emit blue luminescence with maxima between 470 and 480 nanometers. The red bioluminescence may be due to an energy transfer system and wavelength-selective filtering.

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