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This mushroom is part of the genus Mycena, a group that includes about 500 species worldwide. Of these only 33 are known to be bioluminescent—capable of producing light through a chemical reaction.

Bioluminescent: A Glow in the Dark Gallery

Bioluminescence is different than fluorescence. Bioluminescent organisms produce light via a chemical reaction, fluorescent organisms absorb light and emit it using a different wave length. These scorpions fluoresce blue under ultraviolet light - Bioluminescent: A Glow in the Dark Gallery | Light-Emitting Animals & Fireflies | LiveScience