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The color of blood: Pigment helps stage symbiosis in squid


May 15, 2014

Hawaiian bobtail squid New research indicates that the nocturnal bobtail squid uses the blood pigment hemocyanin to help it recruit and sustain a luminescent bacterium that enables the small creature to mimic moonlight on the surface of the ocean and, in the fashion of a Klingon cloaking device, deceive barracuda and other fish that would happily make a meal of it. Full Story

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

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