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1. (Chemistry) chem obsolete a substance which ignites when exposed to air
2. (Animals) a genus of luminescent fireflies of the family Elateridae, found mainly in Neotropical America; a firefly of this genus
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Noun1.pyrophorus - tropical click beetlesPyrophorus - tropical click beetles    
arthropod genus - a genus of arthropods
Elateridae, family Elateridae - click beetles and certain fireflies
fire beetle, firefly, Pyrophorus noctiluca - tropical American click beetle having bright luminous spots
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For instance, here Rosie describes the jumping ability of a Pyrophorus luminosus beetle they discovered in the Brazilian rain forest:
McElroy of the University of California, San Diego, and their colleagues started with the Jamaican click beetle, Pyrophorus plagiophthalamus, a distant relative of the firefly.
The researchers have identified minor variations in luciferase genetic sequences that account for the different colors -- a finding that suggests they may soon be able to add to their Pyrophorus palette.