Scientists Observe Biofluorescence in Burrowing Mammals for First Time |
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An international team of researchers led by the University of Georgia has documented ultraviolet biofluorescence in live southeastern pocket gophers (Geomys pinetis) and in museum specimens of four additional gopher species.
"Ultraviolet (UV) biofluorescence has been extensively documented in plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates," said lead author Dr. J.T. Pynne from the D. B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia and colleagues.

"Among vertebrates, biofluorescence is widespread in fish, amphibians, and birds. However, documented occurrences of biofluorescence are limited in reptiles and mammals."

"Biofluorescence in mammal pelage previously was known from the family Didelphidae (New World opossums), but recently was documented in the European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus), New World flying squirrels (Glaucomys sp.), the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), and the family Pedetidae (springhares)."

"Presence in monotremes and metatherians suggests biofluorescence may be a retained characteristic from the…
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