Thermal pits detect prey: snakes
Thermal pits of vipers, pythons and boas detect infrared radiation emitted from prey using protein channels activated by heat.
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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Fans triggered by detection of minute changes in heat levels. Night vision applications.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Electronics, manufacturing, military
Department of Physiology, The University of California, San Francisco