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Hidden in Plain Orange – How this harlequin bug’s orange coloration makes it both conspicuous and invisible

Aposematic coloration is the technical term for the coloration phenomenon found in such illustrious animals as poison dart frogs (Family: Dendrobatidae) and skunks.  The rationale is that the animal makes itself very conspicuous … Continue Reading Hidden in Plain Orange – How this harlequin bug’s orange coloration makes it both conspicuous and invisible

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Fruit, Females, and the Color Orange – Guppy Mate Preference in the Wild

Walk into almost any aquatic pet store and it’s likely that some of the first animals to catch your eye will be male guppies.  Domestic male guppies come in all … Continue Reading Fruit, Females, and the Color Orange – Guppy Mate Preference in the Wild

For spiny lobsters (Panulirus sp.) ATP is a molecular dinner bell

If the molecules essential for life had social circles, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) would be high society.  It is a highly conserved, highly important molecule involved in a wide range of … Continue Reading For spiny lobsters (Panulirus sp.) ATP is a molecular dinner bell

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