Marine Biology

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 213–216

Some features of the bioluminescence of the radiolarianThalassicolla sp.

  • P. J. Herring

DOI: 10.1007/BF00952428

Cite this article as:
Herring, P.J. Mar. Biol. (1979) 53: 213. doi:10.1007/BF00952428


The luminescence of the solitary radiolarianThalassicolla sp. has a spectral emission maximum at 446±4 nm and the luminescence of crude homogenates can be activated by calcium ions. Electrical stimulation of single individuals frequently causes them to produce repetitive post-stimulus flashing akin to that reported in a number of other marine animals. The possible relationships between the luminescent system ofThalassicolla sp. and of certain coelenterates are discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. J. Herring
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Oceanographic SciencesWormley, GodalmingEngland

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