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Electric Flame Scallop puts on dazzling light show

By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 15, 2013 09:00 AM
The Indo-Pacific Electric Flame Scallop (Ctenoides ales) is similar in appearance to the commonly seen Caribbean Flame Scallop (Lima scabra). Electric Flame Scallops earn their name with the spectacular bioluminescent light show they display.

As if its flame-red mantle wasn't sexy enough, Ctenoides ales takes it up a notch with brilliant flashes of light.  The electric pulses of white light is suspected to lure microorganisms to the scallop for its meal.  And yes, this is another video by 'liquidguru,' the extraordinary reef videographer based in Lembeh, Indonesia.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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