The best-known bioluminescent creature is the firefly. In the firefly, the chemicals luciferase and luciferin combine with adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to form the luciferase-luciferin-ATP complex. ATP is found in cells to provide energy for essential cellular processes. The complex quickly goes from its excited state to a lower energy state, emitting the difference in energy as visible light with a greenish glow.
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