Seeing in the deep-sea: visual adaptations in lanternfishes

de Busserolles, Fanny and Marshall, N. Justin (2017) Seeing in the deep-sea: visual adaptations in lanternfishes. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences, 372 1717: . doi:10.1098/rstb.2016.0070

Author de Busserolles, Fanny
Marshall, N. Justin
Title Seeing in the deep-sea: visual adaptations in lanternfishes
Journal name Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2970
Publication date 2017-02-13
Year available 2017
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1098/rstb.2016.0070
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 372
Issue 1717
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher The Royal Society Publishing
Language eng
Subject 1300 Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
1100 Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Abstract Ecological and behavioural constraints play a major role in shaping the visual system of different organisms. In the mesopelagic zone of the deep-sea, between 200 and 1000 m, very low intensities of downwelling light remain, creating one of the dimmest habitats in the world. This ambient light is, however, enhanced by a multitude of bioluminescent signals emitted by its inhabitants, but these are generally dim and intermittent. As a result, the visual system of mesopelagic organisms has been pushed to its sensitivity limits in order to function in this extreme environment. This review covers the current body of knowledge on the visual system of one of the most abundant and intensely studied groups of mesopelagic fishes: the lanternfish (Myctophidae). We discuss how the plasticity, performance and novelty of its visual adaptations, compared with other deep-sea fishes, might have contributed to the diversity and abundance of this family.
Keyword Bioluminescence
Dim-light vision
Visual adaptations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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