Title
Bioluminescent leakage throughout the body of the glow-worm **Lampyris noctiluca** (Coleoptera: Lampyridae)Bioluminescent leakage throughout the body of the glow-worm **Lampyris noctiluca** (Coleoptera: Lampyridae)
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Biology
Research group
Department of Biology
Publication type
article
Publication
Bratislava,
Subject
Biology
Source (journal)
Otazky marxistickej filozofie / Slovenská akadémia vied. - Bratislava
Volume/pages
35(2014):1-2, p. 47-51
ISSN
0171-8177
ISI
000341280300005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Adult female glow-worms, Lampyris noctiluca, Linnaeus, 1767, emit light from the abdominal ventrites 6 and 7 and a retained larval paired organ on segment 8. Both larvae and adult males exhibit a much smaller paired light organ in the penultimate segment. Using sensitive imaging techniques low level bioluminescence was observed within the light organ even when inactive and was also detected at discrete loci primarily localised at two posterolateral spots on each segment of the larvae. Dispersed light leakage was also detected in the adult male and female glow-worm. These findings indicate the presence of low level bioluminescence present throughout the body in all life stages of the glow-worm L. noctiluca suggesting a secondary role of luciferase within the glow-worm.
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