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Gaussia princeps (copepod)

Gaussia princeps is a mesopelagic copepod found in temperate and tropical waters worldwide.[2] They have been known to display bioluminescence.[3]

Gaussia princeps is used in the production of luciferase.[4]


  1. ^ J. Kouwenberg & G. Boxshall (2009). "Gaussia princeps (Scott T., 1894)". In T. C. Walter & G. Boxshall. World Copepoda database. World Register of Marine Species. http://www.marinespecies.eu/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=104625. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  2. ^ Eduardo Suárez-Morales (2007). "The mesopelagic copepod Gaussia princeps (Scott) (Calanoida: Metridinidae) from the Western Caribbean with notes on integumental pore patterns" (PDF). Zootaxa 1621: 33–44. http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2007f/zt01621p044.pdf.
  3. ^ A. Barnes & J. F. Case (1972). "Bioluminescence in the mesopelagic copepod, Gaussia princeps (T. Scott)". Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 8 (1): 53–71. doi:10.1016/0022-0981(72)90056-1.
  4. ^ http://www.neb.com/nebecomm/products/producte3300.asp


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