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Geckos light up desert with neon-green sides

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A desert gecko from Namibia has brilliant glow-in-the-dark markings that shine neon green by the light of the moon. The mechanism that produces its glow has never been seen before in land animals with backbones.

Web-footed geckos (Pachydactylus rangei) have translucent skin with large, yellowish markings: stripes on their sides and rings surrounding their eyes. But those markings light up brightly when they absorb the moon's bluer light.

https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-surprised-by-geckos-lighting-up-desert-nights-with-neon-green-sides

 

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