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noc·ti·lu·ca

 (nŏk′tə-lo͞o′kə)
n.
Any of various bioluminescent dinoflagellates of the genus Noctiluca that when grouped in large numbers make the sea phosphorescent.

[New Latin Noctilūca, genus name, from Latin noctilūca, lantern, moon : nocti-, nocti- + lūcēre, to shine; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]

noctiluca

(ˌnɒktɪˈluːkə)
n, pl -cae (-siː)
(Biology) any bioluminescent marine dinoflagellate of the genus Noctiluca
[C17: from Latin, from nox night + lūcēre to shine]

noctiluca

any thing or creature that shines or glows in the dark, especially a phosphorescent or bioluminescent marine or other organism. — noctilucine, adj.
See also: Darkness
any thing or creature that shines or glows in the dark, especially a phosphorescent or bioluminescent marine or other organism. — noctilucine, adj.
See also: Light
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.noctiluca - large bioluminescent marine protozoannoctiluca - large bioluminescent marine protozoan
dinoflagellate - chiefly marine protozoa having two flagella; a chief constituent of plankton
genus Noctiluca - a genus of protoctist
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Sources in the ecology department of the fisheries ministry clarified that the bloom off the coast of Oman was green in colour and was caused by Noctiluca scintillans, which are not harmful algae.
Contractor name : GRPT, LALU, SATHY, MAGEO MOREL NOCTILUCA
Interannual variability, growth, reproduction and feeding of Pelagia noctiluca (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa) in the Straits of Messina (Central Mediterranean Sea): linkages with temperature and diet.
Bu metinde, Turkiye kiyi sularinda bulunan Aurelia aurita, Chrysaora hysoscella, Pelagia noctiluca, Cotylorhiza tuberculata, Rhizostoma pulmo, Rhopilema nomadica, Cassiopea andromeda gibi turler ele alinarak, bu turlerin morfolojileri ve ekolojileri hakkinda kisa bilgiler verilmis ve ek olarak bu organizmalarin insanda gosterebilecegi lokal/sistemik toksik etkiler ve bu organizmalara maruziyet durumunda yapilacak acil mudahaleler hakkinda bilgiler gozden gecirilerek sunulmustur.
According to The Telegraph, the bioluminescence in the waters was caused by Noctiluca scintillans (popularly known as sea sparkle), which are single-celled planktons that emit a blue light.
Dinophytes that were found rare and in very few cell numbers (Alexandrium tamiyavanichii, Cochlodinium polykrikoides, Noctiluca scintillans, and Pyrodinium bahamense var.
Most of the vibrant color probably comes from algae living in the single-celled bodies of the dinoflagellate Noctiluca scintillans.
La Pelagia noctiluca, la meduse la plus commune a cette region, prolifere du fait de l'action de l'Homme et du rechauffement planetaire.
and their colleagues are the first to document the rapid rise of green Noctiluca scintilians, an unusual dinoflagellate that eats other plankton and draws energy from the sun via microscopic algae living within its cells.
Millions of green algae living in the thick blooms of the Noctiluca scintillans have allowed it to exploit an oxygen-starved zone the size of Texas.
The researchers used satellites and ships to observe the phytoplankton called Noctiluca scintillans that have emerged on vast swathes of the sea west of Gujarat and northern Maharashtra and south of Pakistan during the winter months year after year over the past decade.