The reef fish known as the golden sweeper appropriate their bioluminescence from their prey, in this case the bioluminescent shrimp they eat, according to findings published in Science Advances. "If you can steal an already established, sophisticated system by eating somebody else, that's way easier," says study author Manabu Bessho-Uehara.
Golden sweeper fish get a glow from prey
Sign up for Sigma Xi SmartBrief
News on scientific research and innovation
Get the intelligence you need: news and information that is changing your industry today, hand-curated by our professional editors from thousands of sources and delivered straight to your inbox.