Bioluminescence

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Bioluminescence is the emission of light from a living organism. It is the biological version of chemiluminescence. All organisms are bioluminescent to some degree[1], although usually at very low intensities, while others are brightly luminescent and use it for communication or to attract prey. The organisms that use bioluminescence make up a diverse group: anglerfish (fish), fireflies (insects), and the honey mushroom (fungus).

References

  1. Devaraj B, Usa M, Inaba H: Biophotons: Ultraweak light emission from living systems. Curr Opin Solid State Mat Sci 1997, 2:188-193.
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