Glowing Reports on African Springhares

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glowing pink springhare

 

Nobody painted these glowing pink springhares—their Day-Glo is all natural

ERIN FENNESSY | PUBLISHED APR 2, 2021 4:00 AM

Glowing lights in nature aren’t limited to fireflies and glowworms. A new study published in Nature last month discovered vivid pink biofluorescence in two different species of springhares, both found on the African continent.

Biofluorescence generally describes the process during which particles in an organism’s tissues absorb short-wavelength, high-energy light, and after keeping some of that energy for itself, shoots the wave back out at a lower energy and thus a longer wavelength. Short wavelengths like UV and blue light go in, then are emitted as longer wavelengths of red, orange, yellow, and green light.

This colorful light show has been observed in firefliesfishreptilesamphibians and birds. Three groups of nocturnal mammals—New World flying squirrels, New World marsupial opossums, and the monotreme duck-billed platypus—have also displayed biofluorescence in previous studies.

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