Scorpion fluorescence and reaction to light

  title={Scorpion fluorescence and reaction to light},
  author={D. Gaffin and L. A. Bumm and M. S. Taylor and Nataliya V. Popokina and S. Mann},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • D. Gaffin, L. A. Bumm, +2 authors S. Mann
  • Published 2012
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Scorpions are largely solitary, nocturnal arachnids that glow a bright cyan-green under UV light. The function of this fluorescence is a mystery. Previous studies of four species from three families have shown that scorpion lateral and medial eyes are maximally sensitive to green light (around 500 nm) and secondarily to UV (350–400 nm). Scorpions are negatively phototactic, and we used this behaviour to assay the responses of desert grassland scorpions, Paruroctonus utahensis, to 395 nm UV… CONTINUE READING
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