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Visual Spectral Sensitivity of the Bioluminescent Deep-Sea Mysid, Gnathophausia ingens
Biological Bulletin
  • Tamara M. Frank, University of California - Santa Barbara
  • James F. Case, University of California - Santa Barbara
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
10-1-1988
Peer Reviewed
1
Abstract

The spectral sensitivity of the deep-sea mysid, Gnathophausia ingens (Family Lophogastridae), was measured by electroretinography on intact specimens. High sensitivity to orange light was found. This was an unexpected result for a species whose adult members are never found above 400 m. Results of chromatic adaptation and silent substitution experiments were not compatible with either a one pigment or dual pigment visual system, making this one of the more unusual visual systems ever described.

DOI
10.2307/1541568
Citation Information
Tamara M. Frank and James F. Case. "Visual Spectral Sensitivity of the Bioluminescent Deep-Sea Mysid, Gnathophausia ingens" Biological Bulletin Vol. 175 Iss. 2 (1988) p. 274 - 283 ISSN: 0006-3185
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tamara-frank/51/