Prospects in the Study of Interrelationships between Vision and Bioluminescence

  • Michel Anctil
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 1)


Bioluminescence is not only potentially detected by the visual apparatus of an animal, but it is also possible that the photore-ceptive process of this animal serves in specific cases to exert control on its own luminescent output. In recent years a large body of information has been collected on the visual and, to a lesser extent, the photogenic processes in fish. But in what ways these processes affect each other in a given set of environmental conditions remains highly conjectural. We are faced with the unconfor-table prospect of proposing integrative mechanisms for which evidence is tenuous, or absent altogether. In the present review I shall pay attention to a few selected aspects of vision and biolu-minescence in fish, emphasising their relationships and exploring some approaches that might help clarify them. Some of the topics discussed here have been previously reviewed under various perspectives (Clarke and Denton, 1962; Nicol, 1967, 1969; Tett and Kelly, 1973).


Visual Pigment Light Organ Mesopelagic Fish Luminescent Output Luminescent Response 
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  • Michel Anctil
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  1. 1.Département de BiologieUniversité de MontréalMontréal 101Canada

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