Standards of evidence for bioluminescence in cockroaches

@article{Merritt2013StandardsOE,
  title={Standards of evidence for bioluminescence in cockroaches},
  author={David John Merritt},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2013},
  volume={100},
  pages={697-698}
}
  • D. Merritt
  • Published 6 June 2013
  • Biology
  • Naturwissenschaften
A group of cockroaches from Brazil is purported to release bioluminescence through a pair of eye-like cuticular structures on the pronotum (Vršanský et al. 2012). Because living specimens taken from their natural habitat are rare, the authors examined dead material. It is my opinion that the methods employed provide no direct evidence that the insects are indeed bioluminescent; rather, the authors base their conclusions about bioluminescence in the genus Lucihormetica on two factors: (1) a… 
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