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Old 03-17-2010, 04:01 PM
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Talking Bioluminescence On Earth.

Ok, I've been searching around the net about bioluminescence for some time and I found some great things...

Firstly, the list of all organisms that glow...

The list
  • certain arthropods
    • fireflies
    • glow worms
      • railroad worms
    • certain mycetophilid flies
    • certain centipedes
    • certain millipedes
  • a terrestrial mollusc (a tropical land snail)
    • Quantula striata
  • annelids
  • Mushrooms
    • Jack O'Lantern mushroom (Omphalotus olearius)
    • ghost fungus (Omphalotus nidiformis)
    • Honey mushroom
    • Panellus stipticus
    • several species of Mycena
  • Cookie-cutter shark
  • Marine hatchetfish
  • Anglerfish
  • Flashlight fish
  • Pineconefish
  • Porichthys
  • Gulper eel
  • Many rattails
Marine invertebrates
  • many cnidarians
    • Sea pens
    • coral
    • Aequorea victoria, a jellyfish
  • certain Ctenophores or "comb jellies"
  • certain echinoderms (e.g. Ophiurida)
  • certain crustaceans
    • ostracods
    • copepods
    • krill
  • certain chaetognaths
  • certain molluscs
    • certain clams, bivalves
    • certain nudibranchs, sea slugs
    • Octopus
      • Bolitaenidae
    • the order Teuthida
      • Colossal Squid
      • Mastigoteuthidae
      • Sepiolidae
      • Sparkling Enope Squid
      • Vampire squid
  • Dinoflagellates
  • Vibrionaceae (e.g. Vibrio fischeri, Vibrio harveyi, Vibrio phosphoreum)
  • Fungi species - A total of 71 species are bioluminescent including species of Armillaria, Omphalotus, Mycena, Gerronema, Pleurotus.

Now for some pictures/videos

Panellus Stipticus

^ This looks soooo beautiful ^ (press for higher resolution)

Then, a .gif of this mushroom: (NOTE: its HUGE file)

(The plankton (Dinoflagellate) glows when people throw rocks in to the water.)

A photograph of Dinoflagellates

And, a nice article about using bioluminescence in everyday lives:

I will post more stuff if I find any!

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