Title

Visual Spectral Sensitivity of the Bioluminescent Deep-Sea Mysid, Gnathophausia ingens

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1988

Publication Title

Biological Bulletin

ISSN

0006-3185

Volume

175

Issue/No.

2

First Page

274

Last Page

283

Abstract

The spectral sensitivity of the deep-sea mysid, Gnathophausia ingens (Family Lophogastridae), was measured by electroretinography on intact specimens. High sensitivity to orange light was found. This was an unexpected result for a species whose adult members are never found above 400 m. Results of chromatic adaptation and silent substitution experiments were not compatible with either a one pigment or dual pigment visual system, making this one of the more unusual visual systems ever described.

DOI

10.2307/1541568

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