Definition of noctiluca in English:
noun (plural noctilucae /-kiː/)
A roughly spherical marine dinoflagellate which is strongly phosphorescent, especially when disturbed.
- Genus Noctiluca, division (or phylum) Dinophyta
- 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.