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Stimulus for Diurnal Vertical Migration of Pelagic Animals

Nature volume 212, page 307 (15 October 1966) | Download Citation

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RECENTLY I correlated1 the movements of deep scattering layers with the relative decrease in light intensity, using data from Clarke and Backus2 and Kampa and Boden3. In my opinion, this correlation supports my hypothesis that the relative change in light intensity is the stimulus which causes pelagic animals to perform at least part of the diurnal vertical migration.

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  1. Laboratory of Animal Physiology, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

    • J. RINGELBERG

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