Bioluminescence in the Deep Sea
Biology 342 Fall 2010
phylogeny: the evolutionary background for the development of a trait or behavior in an animal.
ontogeny: the processes by which a trait or behavior develops in an animal.
mechanism: the way in which the animal is able to achieve a trait or behavior.
adaptive value: the way in which a trait or behavior positively affects the animals survival likelihood.
convergent evolution: the same trait or behavior evolving independently in two or more species.
Luciferin: A pigment that reacts with oxygen via the enzyme luciferase to emit energy in the form of light.
sympathetic nervous system: an involuntary aspect of the nervous system associated with stress or arousal responses ("fight or flight").