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Swima bombiviridis is a pelagic marine polychaete worm, characterized by its transparent foregut and its more than 15% uncorrected cytochrome oxidase I (COI) distance from all other Swima species. S. bombiviridis displays the distinguishing green bioluminescence that occurs in all the “bomb”-bearing species (luminescent structures are colloquially termed "bombs" because they suddenly burst into light when released by the animal, glowing intensely for many seconds then slowly diminishing).

[Osborn et al. 2009]


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