|Kingdom Animale | Phylum Arthropoda | Subphylum Crustacea | Class Ostracoda|
These resemble miniature bivalves but their limbs are jointed. They are filter feeders. Some are able to generate a blue light when disturbed. This can be seen in the wake of boats travelling at night or when they are washed on the shore by waves. In the Second World War, they were collected, ground up, and used as a light source by Japanese soldiers. Noctiluca, a protozoa, also produces bioluminescence.
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP
@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre