Glowing Lizard

A Desert Lizard that Glows by Absorbing Moonlight Discovered

German scientists have discovered a desert lizard “Pachydactylus rangei” found in the African desert. That absorbs moonlight at night and emits bright green light that can be easily seen in the semi-darkness of night.

This lizard emits bright green light by absorbing the ultraviolet rays present in the moonlight.

Full details of this research and discovery are published in the latest issue of Open Access Online Research Journal “Scientific Reports”.

Biofluorite has so far been found in many reptiles, including corals, fish, jellyfish, scorpions, and frogs, as well as reptiles, and aquatic animals. However, this is the first time it has been observed in a terrestrial vertebrate.

The skins or bones of all these animals contain chemical compounds that have the natural ability to absorb light from one color and emit it in another.

The lower skin of the “Peckie Dactyls rengi” lizard, found in the Namib Desert of Africa, contains cells filled with pens of a biochemical compound called guanine, which causes its skin to swell. This part appears yellowish-white (off white).

Explain that moonlight contains very small amounts of ultraviolet rays which are completely harmless.

The skin of the Pecky Dactyls rengi absorbs these same rays. And transfers their energy to the cells filled with guanine at the base, causing them to emit green light.

Final Words

The Namib Desert is spread over three African countries: Namibia, South Africa, and Angola. But most of it is located in Namibia. This desert is also the natural habitat of the “Pecky Dactyls rengi”.

The lizard’s legs are slightly wider like a net, while its length is 4 to 6 inches.

Biologists at ZSM Munich and the University of Postdam have made the discovery after studying 55 lizards of the “Pecky dactyls rengi” type.

These included males, females, and even babies of pecky dactyls reptiles; And all emitted bright green light in the presence of ultraviolet rays.

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