Capsules discharged by green bomber worms may serve to distract predators with green bioluminescence produced upon release.

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“Green bioluminescence occurs in all the “bomb”-bearing species tested for luminosity. The luminescent structures are colloquially termed bombs because they suddenly burst into light when released by the animal, glowing intensely for many seconds then slowly diminishing. Similar autotomy of bioluminescent structures is thought to be a defensive behavior, distracting a predator while the animal escapes.” (Osborn et al. 2009:964)

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Journal article
Deep-Sea, Swimming Worms with Luminescent "Bombs"ScienceAugust 20, 2009
K. J. Osborn, S. H. D. Haddock, F. Pleijel, L. P. Madin, G. W. Rouse

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Green BomberSwima bombiviridisSpecies

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