A Squid’s Switchable Cells Offer Key to Camouflage


Daniel Morse, professor of molecular genetics and biochemistry in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and doctoral student Daniel DeMartini, have discovered that the female market squid possesses a pair of rainbow iridescent stripes. These flank a single stripe, which can go from complete transparency to bright white, mimicking the male testis, and possibly allow the female to masquerade as a male to discourage multiple matings.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013