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Comparative control of luminescence in sharks: new insights from the slendertail lanternshark (Etmopterus molleri)
Claes, J.M.; Mallefet, J. (2015). Comparative control of luminescence in sharks: new insights from the slendertail lanternshark (Etmopterus molleri). J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 467: 87-94. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2015.03.008
In: Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. Elsevier: New York. ISSN 0022-0981, more
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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    Bioluminescence; Deep sea; Melatonin; Nitric oxide; Photophore;Prolactin

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Abstract
    Here, we investigated the organisation and physiological control of photophores from the slendertail lanternshark (Etmopterus molleri), an etmopterid species phylogenetically distant from E. spinax, one of the two current model species for shark photophore control study. Our results support the idea that lanternsharks evolved a common photophore control mechanism, more complex compared to that of dalatiid sharks, in order to use their luminescence as a versatile deep-sea tool.

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