Publication
Title
Bioluminescent leakage throughout the body of the glow-worm **Lampyris noctiluca** (Coleoptera: Lampyridae)
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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.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Otazky marxistickej filozofie / Slovenská akadémia vied. - Bratislava
Publication
Bratislava : 2014
ISSN
0171-8177
Volume/pages
35:1-2(2014), p. 47-51
ISI
000341280300005
Full text (Publishers DOI)
UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 09.10.2014
Last edited 23.03.2017
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