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1 December 2009 Reducing scorpion fluorescence via prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light
Carl T. Kloock
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A simple technique is presented for reducing the fluorescence of living scorpions by prolonged exposure to UV light. Scorpion's fluorescence peak can be eliminated by a 1-mo exposure to low intensity UV light. Although the fluorescence peak returns within 1 wk after removal from UV light exposure, the magnitude remains reduced. This technique potentially opens up new options for testing a variety of hypotheses about possible functions of scorpion fluorescence including potential effects on cuticle strength, visual responses, predation, cannibalism, and mating.

Carl T. Kloock "Reducing scorpion fluorescence via prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light," The Journal of Arachnology 37(3), 368-370, (1 December 2009).
Received: 15 October 2008; Published: 1 December 2009
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