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On the biophotonic properties of brittlestar ossicles
Author(s): Dimitri D. Deheyn; Michael C Allen; Evelien De Meulenaere
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Paper Abstract

Brittlestars (Echinoderms) are a large group of marine invertebrates, from which many species are able to produce bioluminescence. The light is used for ecological functions associated with defense. Hence, the larger and more intense the bioluminescent display the more effective it would be. Here, we report on our study to determine whether ossicles, making the arms of brittlestars, play a role in increasing the luminous display. We compared ossicles from three brittlestar species, two luminous and one not, and found no striking difference between the ossicles, in terms of structure, or calcium and magnesium content.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9360, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices XVII, 936004 (16 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2084665
Show Author Affiliations
Dimitri D. Deheyn, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Michael C Allen, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Evelien De Meulenaere, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9360:
Organic Photonic Materials and Devices XVII
Christopher E. Tabor; François Kajzar; Toshikuni Kaino; Yasuhiro Koike, Editor(s)

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