Nearly 180 species of fish that glow have been identified in a new study led by scientists from theAmerican Museum of Natural History
. The study, published in Thursday'sPLOS ONE
, shows how the fish absorb light and eject it as a different color for varied reasons including communicating and mating. Above, a biofluorescent surgeonfish (
©AMNH/J. Sparks, D. Gruber, and V. Pieribone
A green biofluorescent chain catshark (
A red fluorescing scorpionfish (
) perched on red fluorescing algae at night in the Solomon Islands.
©AMNH/J. Sparks and D. Gruber
A triplefin blennie (
.) under white light (above) and blue light (below).