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Vargula Annecohenae, a New Species of Bioluminescent Ostracode (Myodocopida: Cypridinidae) from Belize

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Abstract A new species of bioluminescent ostracode, Vargula annecohenae, from Belize is described on the basis of morphology and mating displays. At night, male V. annecohenae ostracodes produce an elaborate species-specific display in order to attract females. These displays occur as a series of rapid flashes in an upward direction, above shallow grassbeds.

Affiliations: 1: a (ET, correspondent) Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, California 90032, U.S.A. ( ; 2: b (JGM) Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Corson Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, U.S.A. (


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