Aequorea victoria (Crystal Jellyfish, Water Jellyfish, AEQVI) | BCH-ORGA-SCBD-45769 | Organism | Biosafety Clearing-House

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Organism (ORGA)

published: 09 Jul 2008 last updated: 06 Aug 2014
Organism information
Aequorea victoria
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hydrozoa
Order Leptothecatae
Family Aequoreidae
Genus Aequorea
Species Aequorea victoria
  • Crystal Jellyfish
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  • Water Jellyfish
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  • AEQVI
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Invertebrates
Wild
Characteristics related to biosafety
North western Pacific ocean
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Aequorea victoria are found along the west coast of the Pacific ocean from the Bearing Sea to southern California.
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  • Research
Additional Information
This jellyfish is capable of producing flashes of blue light by a quick release of Ca2+.  The components required for bioluminescence include a Calcium++ activated photoprotein, called aequorin, that emits a blue-green light, and an accessory green fluorescent protein (GFP), which accepts energy from aequorin and re-emits it as green light.

For further information about fluorescence, see References.
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