New publication in PLoS One
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.