noun (plural noctilucae /-ˈlo͞oˌsē/)
A roughly spherical marine dinoflagellate that is strongly phosphorescent, especially when disturbed.
- Genus Noctiluca, division (or phylum) Dinophyta
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- Noctiluca is not photosynthetic.
- Noctiluca are motionless as the flagellum is unable to propel their body through the water: the only movement is found in rotation of vertical position via control of buoyancy in the cell.
modern Latin, from Latin, literally 'night light, lantern'.