Glow Stick Worms

CC Image from Wikimedia

CC Image from Wikimedia

By: Deven S.

Chaetopterus variopedatus is a worm that produces a luminous liquid which makes its body glow blue. Worms that live in the ocean, tend to live in the shallow end, however, most worms produce a luminous liquid that is green or don’t produce a glowing liquid at all. Not only are Chaetopterus variopedatus different by their blue luminous liquid, but they also have more characteristics that other worms do not have. Scientist researched Chaetopterus variopedatus and found that they do not need oxygen and riboflavin. Oxygen and riboflavin are important components to light production for the worms bodies, so how is Chaetopterus variopedatus producing blue light? (Read more…)

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