Fluorescent crab

Fluorescent crab

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Credit: ETHAN DANIELS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Crab fluorescing under blue light. Fluorescence is a common trait for many reef organisms. Fluorescence occurs when blue or ultraviolet (UV) light excites electrons in fluorescent proteins. As the electrons return to their stable states they emit light at a different wavelength.

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Keywords: animal, aquatic, biological, biology, crab, crustacean, fauna, fluorescence, fluorescent, fluorescing, indo-pacific, invertebrate, marine, marine biology, nature, ocean, sea, tropical, tropics, under water, underwater, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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