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[Merged] Fluorescent millipedes found on Alcatraz

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:16 PM

www.baycitizen.org said:

Millipedes that glow under black lights have been discovered for the first time on Alcatraz.

“There are other millipedes out there that are bioluminescent — they give off their own light,” said Bob Kimsey, an entomology professor at the University of California, Davis, who is investigating whether the fluorescent millipedes are a newly discovered subspecies of Xystocheir dissecta, a species found in the Bay Area and elsewhere.“But this is a fundamentally different thing here. If you shine the black light on them, then some property of their exoskeleton takes that light and converts it into a bluish-green light and then emits it back.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 10:03 PM

Just what i need.To be able to see them in the dark too.Is rather look at demons with glowing red eyes in the dark.They gross me out less.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:41 AM

View Postmissymoo999, on 22 March 2012 - 10:03 PM, said:

Just what i need.To be able to see them in the dark too.Is rather look at demons with glowing red eyes in the dark.They gross me out less.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:48 AM

Do they actually give off their own light or are they just fluorescing under a black light? The article is not very clear...

If they wanted to show the bioluminescence should they not have taken a photo in pitch black conditions!?

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 08:23 PM

Can't get much cooler than that!  I love millipedes but this is the first time I've ever heard of them glowing.  I would think that would blow their cover at night and make them an easy target for birds or other insects and animals.


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