Caption: Split-screen shot showing emperor scorpions (Pandinus imperator) in visible light (left) and ultraviolet light (right) in this laboratory demonstration of fluorescence. While a number of arthropods fluoresce, including some insects and spiders, it is especially pronounced among scorpions and whip scorpions (vinegaroons). It is unsure if the fluorescence has a useful purpose or is just a random act of evolution. The emperor scorpion is native to much of Africa and can reach 20 centimetres in length.

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Keywords: animal, arachnid, arachnida, arthropod, biology, black light, close up, emperor, fluoresce, fluorescence, glow, invertebrate, macro, macroscopic, pandinus imperator, poisonous, sclerotization, scorpion, sting, stinger, ultra violet, ultra-violet, venom, venomous, zoology

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Scorpion fluorescence

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