Biology of Marine Organisms and Biomimetics

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The velvet belly lanternshark is a small deep-sea shark commonly found in the Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. This bioluminescent species is able to emit a blue-green ventral glow used in counter-illumination camouflage, mainly. In this study, next generation sequencing technology has been employed to generate transcriptome data from eye and ventral skin tissues of the lanternshark and investigate opsin-based photoreception. This is a collaborative work with the laboratory of Prof. Jérôme Mallefet from UCL leading the research on lanternsharks.

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