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Rythmic regulation of bioluminescence in glow-worm, Arachnocampa


Merritt, DJ and Clarke, AK, Rythmic regulation of bioluminescence in glow-worm, Arachnocampa, Bioluminescence in Focus - A Collection of Illuminating Essays, Research Signpost, Victor Benno Meyer-Rochow (ed), Kerala, India, pp. 291-303. ISBN 978-81-308-0357-9 (2009) [Other Book Chapter]

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The glow-worms of Australia and New Zealand are the carnivorous, larval stages of a fly that uses bioluminescence to attract prey to its sticky webs. Here we briefly consider the sensory stimuli that can affect the light output of glow-worms, namely vibration, sound and light. We then consider the circadian regulation of bioluminescence in the genus. It has recently been shown that light output of epigean (surface-dwelling) glow-worms comes under true circadian control. Additional experiments are described in which the response of glow-worms to artificial shortening and lengthening of the dark period is assessed. Last, we present preliminary observations that the bioluminescence of cave-dwelling glow-worms is rhythmic and discuss the possible entraining agents.

Item Details

Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Invertebrate biology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Clarke, AK (Mr Arthur Clarke)
ID Code:75565
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2012-02-03
Last Modified:2013-03-04

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