Gaussia princeps (copepod)

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Gaussia princeps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Maxillopoda
Subclass: Copepoda
Order: Calanoida
Family: Metridinidae
Genus: Gaussia
Species: G. princeps
Binomial name
Gaussia princeps
(T. Scott, 1894)
Synonyms [1]
  • Gaussia scotti (Giesbrecht, 1897)
  • Pleuromma princeps T. Scott, 1894
  • Pleuromamma princeps (T. Scott, 1894)

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). T. C. Walter & G. Boxshall, ed. "Gaussia princeps (Scott T., 1894)". World Copepoda database. World Register of Marine Species. 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. 
  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. 
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