Dinoflagellates. Dinoflagellates - . Kingdom Protista Belong to the division Dinophyta Phylum dinoflagellata Are part of phytoplankton Of the 12,000 species most are marine and photosynthetic but a few ingest bits of food (heterotrophic) Primary production is second only to diatoms
Secret lights in the Sea
Luciferin is a pigment that is catalyzed by the enzyme Luciferase to generate light.
Bioluminescing ostracod crustaceans are native to the Sea of Japan.The crustaceans live on the bottom during the day then come to the surface to feed at night. During WWII Japanese soldiers used the dried ostracods to read maps at night.