, Volume 32, Issue 9, pp 1175–1176 | Cite as

Loss of bioluminescence inAnomalops katoptron due to starvation

  • V. B. Meyer-Rochow
Specialia Biologica


After 3 weeks of starvation the bacterial light-organs of the bioluminescent shallow-water fishAnomalops katoptron cease to produce light. Because of a reduction of the number of symbionts in the cells of the light organ, it is concluded that the fish supplies its luminescent bacteria with nutrients out of its own metabolism. As a result of starving the fish, the luminescent bacteria decrease in number and finally cease to emit light.


Light Organ Luminescent Bacterium Bacterium Decrease 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. B. Meyer-Rochow
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of WaikatoHamilton(New Zealand)

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