Bioluminescent Centipede in West Bengal

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Researcher, tonight i saw a centipede @22.6709574, 86.7636573 ghagra, village West Bengal, India which producing fluorescent light.

Clear greenish/ yellowish light from his body fluid.

A like fire.

Please give me ID and cause of such light source.

Thanks in advance.


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Dear Avik,

We are not sure what this centipede is but we’ve have other reports on What’s That Bug? of bioluminescent centipedes.  Many organisms are capable of bioluminescence including fireflies, glowworms, and certain species of fish and jellyfish.  The blog ALEPHROCCO ( has some great images of bioluminescent centipedes.  According to Britannica (  “luminous centipedes and millipedes are not uncommon” 


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