Ventral Dissection Adult Euprymna scolopes
Ventral dissection of an adult Euprymna scolopes, a species of bioluminescent sepiolid squid. The mantle cavity is visible, including the interior bilobed light organ that allows the squid to produce bioluminescent light.
This research was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Integrative Biology and Neuroscience's Developmental Mechanisms program. The grant was awarded to Margaret McFall-Ngai, professor and principal investigator, for her studies on the relationship between the Hawaiian sepiolid squid Euprymna scolopes and its luminous bacterial partner Vibrio fischeri. Although all animals have beneficial associations with microbes, the association between Euprymna scolopes and Vibrio fischeri is the only experimental model available to biologists so far. (Year of image: 1991) [One of four related images. See Next Image.]
Credit: M. J. McFall-Ngai and E. G. Ruby, University of Hawaii
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