100% of amphibians are aglow with biofluorescence

They tested animals from eight of 10 families of salamanders, five families of frogs, and one family of caecilians. All the tested animals, even the larvae, were tested in different patterns and intensities and all with different blood glucose levels, blood pressure and blood glucose levels. The stunning light of the multi-purpose organs used for eating, excreting, and reproduction shines like a bright flashlight. In most species, those that glow in contact with blue light are bright green, but some produce yellow and orange fluorescence.

Study Name:Salamanders and other amphibians are aglow with biofluorescence

Biofluorescence is the absorption of electromagnetic radiation (light) at one wavelength followed by its reemission at a lower energy and longer wavelength by a living organism. Previous studies have documented the widespread presence of biofluorescence in some animals, including cnidarians, arthropods, and cartilaginous and ray-finned fishes. Many studies on biofluorescence have focused on marine animals (cnidarians, cartilaginous and ray-finned fishes) but we know comparatively little about the presence of biofluorescence in tetrapods. We show for the first time that biofluorescence is widespread across Amphibia, with a focus on salamanders (Caudata), which are a diverse group with a primarily Holarctic distribution. We find that biofluorescence is not restricted to any particular family of salamanders, there is striking variation in their fluorescent patterning, and the primary wavelengths emitted in response to blue excitation light are within the spectrum of green light. Widespread biofluorescence across the amphibian radiation is a previously undocumented phenomenon that could have significant ramifications for the ecology and evolution of these diverse and declining vertebrates. Our results provide a roadmap for future studies on the characterization of molecular mechanisms of biofluorescence in amphibians, as well as directions for investigations into the potential impact of biofluorescence on the visual ecology and behavior of biofluorescent amphibians.

100% of amphibians are aglow with biofluorescence

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