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Species abundance, sexual encounter and bioluminescent signalling in the deep sea

Species abundance, sexual encounter and bioluminescent signalling in the deep sea
Species abundance, sexual encounter and bioluminescent signalling in the deep sea
The problems faced by deep-sea animals in achieving sexual and other encounters require sensory and effector systems the synergy of which can span the often very substantial distances that separate individuals. Bioluminescent systems provide one of the links between individuals, and the sexual dimorphism of some photophores suggests that they are employed to attract a mate. However, nearest-neighbour values for many deep-sea animals put them beyond the effective range of bioluminescent signals and it is therefore likely that these signals are employed at intermediate ranges, once an initial contact (perhaps olfactory) has been made.
Photophores Bioluminescence Sexual Dimorphism Encounter Probability Mate Attraction Chemosensory Systems
0962-8436
1273-1276
Herring, P.J.
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Herring, P.J.
1721d764-adb4-41af-8e62-43a7e1b9c291

Herring, P.J. (2000) Species abundance, sexual encounter and bioluminescent signalling in the deep sea. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 355 (1401), 1273-1276. (doi:10.1098/rstb.2000.0682).

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The problems faced by deep-sea animals in achieving sexual and other encounters require sensory and effector systems the synergy of which can span the often very substantial distances that separate individuals. Bioluminescent systems provide one of the links between individuals, and the sexual dimorphism of some photophores suggests that they are employed to attract a mate. However, nearest-neighbour values for many deep-sea animals put them beyond the effective range of bioluminescent signals and it is therefore likely that these signals are employed at intermediate ranges, once an initial contact (perhaps olfactory) has been made.

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Published date: 29 September 2000
Keywords: Photophores Bioluminescence Sexual Dimorphism Encounter Probability Mate Attraction Chemosensory Systems
Organisations: National Oceanography Centre,Southampton

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Local EPrints ID: 64743
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/64743
ISSN: 0962-8436
PURE UUID: 617b37b2-0189-4a5b-867c-4880184e2937

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Date deposited: 13 Jan 2009
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 20:21

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