Complex sexual courtship displays by luminescent male marine ostracods

  • Rivers T
  • Morin J
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Abstract

In the western Caribbean Sea, about an hour after the sun sets, a complex and ritualized light show of precise, vertically placed luminescent pulses erupts over shallow grassbeds. These are among the most complex displays known in marine systems. Displays consist of repeated trains of secreted bioluminescent pulses in a specific pattern ejected into the water column as courtship signals by male Vargula annecohenae, which are small (

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  • T. J. Rivers

  • J. G. Morin

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