Friday, September 2, 2016

Symbiosis of the Anglerfish

We all know the cool, creepy looking angler fish that is made famous in Finding Nemo, but what u might not have know is that this creature has a special type of symbiosis essential to its survival!sThe angler fish has a bioluminescent lure attached to its head called an eaca. What makes this eaca glow is actually symbiotic organisms such as Vibrio bacteria that create light by basically converting proteins, oxygen and other nutrients into a light emitting pigment called Luciferin. In the case of the angler fish, the fish benefits from the bacteria by it luring prey close enough for it to eat, while the bacteria takes what it needs from the angler fish to survive. Pretty cool huh?


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