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Free Content Observations on Bioluminescence in Ommastrephes Pteropus (Steenstrup, 1855), with Notes on its Occurrence in the Family Ommastrephidae (Mollusca: Cephalopoda)

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The first recorded observation of bioluminescence in Ommastrephes pteropus (Steenstrup) is presented, and the distribution of photophores in this species is described in detail and illustrated. The occurrence of photophores in the Ommastrephidae is surveyed, and new information is discussed. A peculiar type of photophore, apparently limited to the Stenoteuthinae, provides an additional and readily descernible character for this group.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1963

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