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Distinctive flashing patterns might facilitate fish mating
March 3, 2014
Scientists have shown for the first time, that deep-sea fish that use bioluminescence for communication are diversifying into different species faster than other glowing fish that use light for camouflage. The new research indicates that bioluminescence--a phenomenon in which animals generate visible light through a chemical reaction--could promote communication and mating in the open ocean, an environment with few barriers to reproduction.
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