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jtotheizzoe:

Here’s some patriotic prokaryotes to wish you a happy 4th of July full of luminescent liberty!
These light-producing bacteria, known as Photobacterium leiognathi, are ocean-dwelling symbionts, bacteria that live on or within animals, getting protection from their hosts and giving them light-producing tissues in return. 
The anglerfish's glowing bait? That's bioluminescent bacteria. Same with the lanternfish, and certain glowing jellies. 
Thanks for the fireworks, nature!
(via Microbes Rule and Beatrice the Biologist)

jtotheizzoe:

Here’s some patriotic prokaryotes to wish you a happy 4th of July full of luminescent liberty!

These light-producing bacteria, known as Photobacterium leiognathi, are ocean-dwelling symbionts, bacteria that live on or within animals, getting protection from their hosts and giving them light-producing tissues in return. 

The anglerfish's glowing bait? That's bioluminescent bacteria. Same with the lanternfish, and certain glowing jellies. 

Thanks for the fireworks, nature!

(via Microbes Rule and Beatrice the Biologist)