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Stomatopod Images

Stomatopod fluorescing.
Photograph by Dr. Roy Caldwell

Fluorescent Dreams: Gonodactylus platysoma fluoresces

It's fitting that we start the third image gallery with this new contribution by Dr. Caldwell, because this pic of a fluorescing G. platysoma is one of the most beautiful images of stomatopods in the website! This was collected and photographed on Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef. The animal was illuminated with a blue light (470 nm) and photographed through a strong yellow filter which filters out all of the blue light. Only fluorescent emissions were recorded. The red is a green algae and some coralline algae. For more information on the phenomenon of fluorescence in stomatopods, click here. For more informaion on this species, click here.

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