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Marshall, J. & Johnsen, S. (2017) Fluorescence as a means of colour signal enhancement. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 372. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0335
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0962-8436
BibTeX citation key: Marshall2017
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Categories: Englisch = English
Creators: Johnsen, Marshall
Collection: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences
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Abstract
Fluorescence is a physico-chemical energy exchange where shorter-wavelength photons are absorbed by a molecule and are re-emitted as longer-wavelength photons. It has been suggested a means of communication in several taxa including flowers, pitcher plants, corals, algae, worms, squid, spiders, stomatopods, fish, reptiles, parrots and humans. The surface or object that the pigment molecule is part of appears to glow due to its setting rather than an actual production of light, and this may enhance both signals and, in some cases, camouflage. This review examines some known uses of fluorescence, mainly in the context of visual communication in animals, the challenge being to distinguish when fluorescence is a functional feature of biological coloration or when it is a by-product of a pigment or other molecule. In general, we conclude that most observations of fluorescence lack enough evidence to suggest they are used in visually driven behaviours.This article is part of the themed issue {textquoteleft}Animal coloration: production, perception, function and application{textquoteright}.
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