UV light triggers lumpfish biofluorescence as a means of communication


Scientists found lumpfish glow under UV light in a study just published this month in the Journal of Fish Biology.

They postulated that these fish use their biofluorescence to distinguish themselves and perhaps even communicate.

The lumpfish is colored differently as it ages and is found in the North Atlantic and parts of the Arctic Ocean. Scientists believe they have identified the true color of the fish, which is fluorescent green.


Biofluorescence has been observed recently in many different species, including cat sharks, flying squirrels, wombats, and many others.

Lumpfish has now been added to the natural cast of glow-in-the-dark creatures.

Most of their lives are spent on the ocean floor by solitary creatures called lumpfish.

These odd-looking fish use a modified pelvic fin on their underside that works like a suction cup to drag around until something tasty swims up.

They cling to rocks and algae.

On TikTok, where a relentless stream of videos posted by scientists and fishermen has amassed millions of views, they have also become virtual celebrities.

The lumpfish is described by Nathaniel Spada, a research assistant at the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as having a clumsy and unsightly appearance, via The New York Times.

Additionally, Spada moonlights as a lumpfish influencer.

His Werner Herzog-inspired TikToks featuring the lumpfish in his lab have received millions of views, despite him not participating in the study.

Spada claimed that while he didn’t anticipate the level of popularity of the content, he should have anticipated it given that the lumpfish is, in his own words, a “cool” fish.

@spadaniel44 In honor of defending my masters thesis today on lumpfish, here’s an old video on lumpfish ♬ original sound – Nate Spada

Meet the lumpfish

The most adorable aquatic creatures, according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, are the lumpfish.

The lumpy, stocky swimmers move through the water by flapping their fins, and they use modified fins that have a suction disc on them to cling to rocks.

Appearance. The fish has a chubby appearance and a round, sturdy body with large eyes. Its fan-shaped pectoral fins and broom-like caudal fin help it move through the water, although it is not the fastest swimmer. Its skin is leathery and bumpy but without scales.

The lumpfish’s assortment of bumps, bumps and ridges is aptly named. Spots and tubercles, the fleshy protuberances, cover its body.

The thick layer of skin on the first dorsal fin forms a massive ridge along its back and gives the animal the appearance of sporting a huge fleshy mohawk.

A row of large bumps lines the side of his body.

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Cut. Some species of lumpfish, such as the Pacific lumpfish, are tiny and rounded; they look like tiny vibrating bubble gum bubbles.

lumpus cyclopteraon the other hand, is bigger, heavier and lumpier.

Males can reach a height of 20 inches, but females can reach heights of up to 24 inches.

Although most lumpfish are much smaller, the largest can weigh up to 21 pounds.

Suction discs. The lumpfish’s modified pelvic fin serves as a suction disk, allowing it to cling to objects. When a strong current is flowing, the lumpfish’s suction disk holds it firmly to a piece of kelp or rock.

The lumpfish is a member of the Cyclopteridae family, which takes its name from the Greek words meaning “circle” and “fin”. A large group of fish have this intriguing feature in common.

Color. As it ages, Cyclopterus lumpus develops new colors.

A lumpfish’s juvenile skin may be the same shade as its surroundings, fading to a lighter shade of gray or blue as it ages.

A breeding male will change color to an orange-red hue, while a female will change to a blue-green hue.

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