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Repetitive Cycles of Bioluminescence and Spawning in the Polychaete, Odontosyllis phosphorea
Frederick I. Tsuji and Elizabeth Hill
Vol. 165, No. 2 (Oct., 1983), pp. 444-449
Published by: The University of Chicago Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1541210
Page Count: 6
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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.
Biological Bulletin © 1983 Marine Biological Laboratory