List of bioluminescent organisms

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A bioluminescent mushroom ...
...glowing with the lights off.
Firefly (species unknown) with and without flash.
Blue ocean glow caused by myriad tiny organisms, such as Noctiluca.

Bioluminescence is the production of light by living organisms. This list of bioluminescent organisms is organized by environment, covering terrestrial, marine and microorganisms.

Terrestrial animals[edit]

Marine animals[edit]



Artist's rendering of Antarctic krill

Freshwater animals[edit]

  • Latia, a genus of four species of freshwater snail



Other microorganisms[edit]


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  2. ^ Myriapods: strange millipedes. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
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  4. ^ "Sharks Light Up in Neon Colors". Retrieved 8 July 2015.
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