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Inconspicuous structural coloration in the elytra of beetles Chlorophila obscuripennis (Coleoptera).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18351897     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The elytra of male beetles Chlorophila obscuripennis (Coleoptera) display an inconspicuous iridescent bluish green color. By structural characterizations we find that the outermost elytral surface comprises a sculpted multilayer, which is the origin of structural coloration. In elytra both structural green and cyan colors are observed which arise from the modulations imposed on the multilayer, leading to a bluish green color by color mixing. The adoption of the sculpted multilayer can render structural coloration inconspicuous, which could be advantageous for camouflage. In addition, it can cause light emergence at nonspecular angles.
Feng Liu; Haiwei Yin; Biqin Dong; Youhua Qing; Li Zhao; Serge Meyer; Xiaohan Liu; Jian Zi; Bin Chen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-01-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics     Volume:  77     ISSN:  1539-3755     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys     Publication Date:  2008 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-20     Completed Date:  2008-05-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101136452     Medline TA:  Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  012901     Citation Subset:  IM    
Surface Physics Laboratory and Department of Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, People's Republic of China.
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MeSH Terms
Beetles / physiology*
Body Constitution / physiology*
Colorimetry / methods*
Computer Simulation
Models, Biological*
Pigmentation / physiology*
Scattering, Radiation

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