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Repetitive Cycles of Bioluminescence and Spawning in the Polychaete, Odontosyllis phosphorea

Frederick I. Tsuji and Elizabeth Hill
Biological Bulletin
Vol. 165, No. 2 (Oct., 1983), pp. 444-449
DOI: 10.2307/1541210
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1541210
Page Count: 6
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Repetitive Cycles of Bioluminescence and Spawning in the Polychaete, Odontosyllis phosphorea
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Abstract

Spawning by large numbers of the marine polychaete, Odontosyllis phosphorea, occurred at fortnightly intervals. The animals appeared at the surface of the water shortly after sunset and luminesced and spawned for approximately 30 minutes. The spawning was correlated with the monthly lunar and tidal cycles and lasted from June through October.

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