Squid's Built-In Light to Inspire New Gadgets?

John Roach, National Geographic News

This National Geographic news article describes a type of nocturnal squid found in the ocean around Hawaii which mates using a built-in flashlight to hide its shadow from predatory fish on the seafloor. Its unique light organ - composed of stacks of silvery reflector plates that surround colonies of luminescent, symbiotic bacteria - may inspire a new generation of high-tech miniature gadgets. This 2-page article includes links to related articles and additional National Geographic resources.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations, Habitats:Marine, Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: General Public, College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)
Ocean Environments: Surface Waters, Shallow Sea Floor/Continental Shelf
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biosphere:Microbiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:EcologyKeywords: bobtail squid, Euprymma scolopes, bioluminescence, Vibrio fischeri