Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 112, Issue 2, pp 153–156

Classification of luminous bacteria from the light organ of the Australian Pinecone fish, Cleidopus gloriamaris

  • J. M. Fitzgerald

DOI: 10.1007/BF00429328

Cite this article as:
Fitzgerald, J.M. Arch. Microbiol. (1977) 112: 153. doi:10.1007/BF00429328


Luminous bacteria isolated from the light organs of the Australian Pinecone fish Cleidopus gloriamaris have been studied. The isolates were from fish from four different geographical estuarine systems on the east coast of Australia. All isolates were found to be strains of Vibrio fischeri, a species not hitherto demonstrated conclusively as forming a symbiotic association. Some ecological considerations are discussed.

Key words

Marine luminous bacteriaSymbiosisVibrio fischeriCleidopus gloriamarisTaxonomyEcology

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Fitzgerald
    • 1
  1. 1.Microbiology DepartmentMonash University Medical SchoolPrahranAustralia