Friday, June 25, 2021

Rodent red in ultraviolet rays | Leader

New York: Even mammals are ‘shining’ now! Researchers are currently compiling a list of such fluorescent mammals, which is growing. It has now added an endangered species of rat-like rodent. They belong to the class of animals that gnaw objects. The name of this rodent is ‘Springhair’. This brown rodent glows in ultraviolet rays as if in a disco light. At that time, red-pink and orange colors appear on his body.

Researchers have made such discoveries by experimenting with such rays on specimens in his museum and on living creatures. They seem to shine in very bright colors. The luster of this rodent is very bright and colorful compared to the biofluorescence found in other mammals. Biofluorescent is the skin or fur on the body of an animal that detects and re-emits light of low wavelength. At that time the color of this light is changed. Many vertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds are fluorescent. However, in recent times mammals have also been found to be fluorescent. It includes many mammals, from flying squirrels to platypus.

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