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Labile pigments and fluorescent pelage in didelphid marsupials

Labile pigments and fluorescent pelage in didelphid marsupials

Mammalia 49(2): 249-256

Many didelphids show remarkable color changes of the pelage after they are prepared as specimens. These didelphids, along with others, also show fluorescence (often-spectacular) under ultraviolet light. In some opossums at least, the fluorescent materials are apparently inside the hairs rather than merely adhering to them. 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid seems to be in part responsible for this fluorescence, presumably along with other products of tryptophan catabolism.

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DOI: 10.1515/mamm.1985.49.2.249

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