EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 139, 2017Nanophotonics and Micro/Nano Optics International Conference – NANOP 2016
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Microstructure-mediated Optical Effects in Southern African Snakes
School of Animal, Plant, and Environmental Sciences, University of Witwatersrand, P.O. Wits, 2050, South Africa
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Published online: 23 March 2017
The scales of the African Viper Bitis arietans were tested for optical effects. Spectral intensity was recorded at incident angles over the visible spectrum for dark, pale, and ventral scale regions. The lowest spectral intensity recordings were associated with scales which have the greatest level of micro-structuring. Our results indicate that scale appearance in B. arietans is a product of microstructure-mediated optical effects. The optical effect may play a role in improving the ecological performance of the snake in its natural environment.
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