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Tube Worms’ Fluorescence Caused by Vitamin B
By Angela Messina, November 19, 2013 @ 01:32 PM (EST)
Source: New Scientist

Although it looks rather plain when out of the water and exposed to the light of day, the parchment tube worm glows neon green when it’s hit by a certain wavelength of light. When disturbed, it also emits a puff of mucus that produces a bright blue light.

New research on the parchment tube worm indicates that its fluorescence is caused by vitamin B, or riboflavin, although the exact chemical form is still unknown.

Scientists guess that the worm’s ability to glow acts either as a lure for prey or a warning to predators.

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