11th July 2012
Also known as sea sparkle, Noctiluca scintillans is a large dinoflagellate that lives near the surface of the ocean, where it feeds on other planktonic organisms. It has a flattened spherical body but no protective test. It is colorless, although the presence of photosynthetic organisms within the cell may give it a pink or greenish tinge. This species, which is bioluminescent in some areas (noctiluca means “shining lantern”), may also form red tides and has been linked to fish and invertebrate deaths.

Also known as sea sparkle, Noctiluca scintillans is a large dinoflagellate that lives near the surface of the ocean, where it feeds on other planktonic organisms. It has a flattened spherical body but no protective test. It is colorless, although the presence of photosynthetic organisms within the cell may give it a pink or greenish tinge. This species, which is bioluminescent in some areas (noctiluca means “shining lantern”), may also form red tides and has been linked to fish and invertebrate deaths.

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