Volume 95 Issue 12 | p. 8 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 20, 2017

First naturally fluorescing frog found in Argentina

Amphibian uses a quinolinone derivative to glow lime green in low-light conditions
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: natural products, fluorescent, frog

Most animals that take on a natural fluorescent glow are found underwater, including a variety of fish and some sea turtles. On land, only parrots are known to fluoresce—that is, until a team of researchers took a closer look at a South American tree frog. María G. Lagorio and Julián Faivovich of the University of Buenos Aires and colleagues discovered that Hypsiboas punctatus produces a class of fluorescent . . .

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