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Until recently, the scientific world knew of only a handful of biofluorescent amphibians. Today, scientists are wondering whether all amphibians glow.
Herpetologist Jennifer Lamb and ichthyologist Matthew Davis led a group of researchers in a study of 32 species of amphibians, with a particular focus on salamanders. Prior to the study, only one species of salamander had been identified to have biofluorescent properties. Now, the team suspects every amphibian may biofluoresce, possibly at all stages of life, sometimes down to their bones.
“Every amphibian species and life stage we examined, including aquatic larvae, is biofluorescent,” the authors wrote in their paper, published in Nature.
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